Tyler Zeller came off the bench and earned his third double-double this season, scoring 22 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Cleveland Cavaliers dismantle the Brooklyn Nets, 114-85. The Cavaliers picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 32 assists and turning it over only 12 times. Cleveland (33-49) picked up the win after falling to Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Zeller shot 9-11 from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line, in what was an efficient performance. Other key performers for Cleveland were Kyrie Irving with 15 points and five assists, Tristan Thompson with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Spencer Hawes with 10 points and seven rebounds. Despite the loss, Andray Blatche scored 20 points for Brooklyn on 8-18 shooting, including 1-4 from behind the arc. He also recorded 12 rebounds. Marcus Thornton chipped in 20 points and six rebounds.
The Cavaliers combined hot shooting (eFG% of 57.5%) with high-quality work on the offensive backboards (OR% of 30.2%). They are undefeated (4-0) on the season when exceeding 55% and 30%, respectively, in those metrics. The Nets, however, are winless (0-7) when giving up those numbers to their opponents.
This drops Brooklyn (44-38) to 2-2 versus Cleveland on the season.