WHAT IT MEANS: The New Jersey Nets continued their winning ways at home -- even without owner Mikhail Prohkorov in attendance. Center Brook Lopez’s turnaround jumper with 1.4 seconds left proved to be the difference as the Nets handed the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers their franchise-tying 21st consecutive road loss, 103-101, at the Prudential Center in a battle of the Eastern Conference’s two worst teams. In the process, the Nets (13-32) eclipsed their win total from last season and improved to 3-1 on their current five-game homestand. The Cavaliers (8-36) are 4-33 since beating the Nets in New Jersey back on Nov. 9 and have dropped 17 in a row overall.
TURNING POINT: The Nets, who trailed by as many as 12, were behind 83-76 with under nine minutes remaining, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Anthony Morrow and Jordan Farmar triggered a 14-2 spurt that put them ahead for the first time since the 8:14 mark of the first quarter. Devin Harris’ uncontested layup gave them an 86-85 lead with 5:37 remaining. The Nets were able to extend to a five-point edge, but the Cavaliers never quit, tying the game at 101 apiece with 7.1 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Stephen Graham’s twin brother, Joey Graham. Of course, that set the stage for Lopez’s heroics.
STAR OF THE GAME: Lopez. The 22-year-old 7-footer took advantage of Cleveland’s lack of height, scoring a game-high 28 points in 37 minutes. He also added seven rebounds.
FOUR MEN: Kris Humphries and rookie Derrick Favors combined for 19 points and 20 rebounds in support of Lopez. Morrow added 16 off the bench.
UP NEXT: The Nets close out their five-game homestand when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.