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Paul Pierce scores 22, Nets beat Cavaliers

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The Brooklyn Nets had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 39-71 (54.9%) from the field, including 14-29 (48.3%) from three-point range, in a 108-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is the seventh win for Brooklyn (38-33) in its last 10 games.

Paul Pierce put up 22 points on 5-6 shooting from the field (5-6 from behind the arc) and 7-7 from the free throw line, in what was an efficient performance. Deron Williams chipped in 13 points and 5 assists for Brooklyn as well. On 7-15 shooting (1-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-6 from the free throw line, Luol Deng scored 20 points for Cleveland in the loss. He also tallied 7 assists and 6 rebounds.

Along with their eFG% of 64.8%, the Nets connected at a rate of 48.3% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 11-5 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Cavaliers are 2-13 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This defeat means an end to a three-game winning streak for Cleveland, pushing their record to 29-45 for the year.

Coming up next, the Nets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 36-35 on the year. The Cavaliers go up against the Indiana Pacers, currently 52-21 this season. The Nets are 0-1 versus Minnesota this season. The Cavaliers have lost their last three meetings with Indiana.

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