CLEVELAND -- The Brooklyn Nets kept Cleveland’s Big Three in check ... and they still lost.
Kevin Garnett missed a 3-pointer that could’ve tied the game with two seconds left. Joe Johnson (26 points) was supposed to get the shot, but he bobbled the ball, then passed to KG, who couldn’t get it to go down.
Deron Williams left the game in the second quarter and did not return due to a strained right calf. The Cavaliers ripped off 15 consecutive points after the injury.
The Nets fell to 10-15, 1-13 against .500 or better opponents (at time of game played).
Say this for Brooklyn: it should be proud of its effort.
Player of the game: Mike Miller went 7-for-8 from 3-point range and scored 21 points.
Stat of the game: The Nets shot 66.7 percent in the first quarter (14-for-21) and 40.4 percent in the final three quarters. Johnson had four turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Play of the game: Mason Plumlee pinned Kyrie Irving’s fast-break layup attempt to the backboard in the first quarter.
Up next: The Nets head home and take on the Detroit Pistons Sunday night at Barclays Center.