WHAT IT MEANS: Another dumb mistake in crunch-time doomed the Nets. This time it was Deron Williams and Kris Humphries who served as the culprits. D-Will’s miscommunication with Humphries resulted in a turnover in the final seconds killed the Nets’ chances of a comeback, and they fell, 105-100, to the Cavaliers on Monday night at the Prudential Center. The Nets, who have lost three straight games, are 15-32 overall, 5-17 at home. The Nets trailed 103-100 when D-Will was looking for Humphries underneath, but his pass went out-of-bounds, sealing the team’s fate.
CRASH: In his second game as a Net, Gerald Wallace played as advertised, scoring 27 points -- 13 in the fourth quarter -- and grabbing 12 rebounds in 40 minutes. He shot 8-for-14 from the field, 10-for-11 from the free-throw line and recorded his seventh double-double of the season.
D-WILL: Williams finished with a game-high 28 points and eight assists on 8-for-23 shooting in 38 minutes. But his late turnover will negate any positives out of that statline. Williams scored 17 of the Nets’ first 19 points in the second quarter, igniting the team’s comeback. He missed his first two shots in the opening stanza before picking up two quick fouls and exiting at the 6:41 mark. Seventy-two seconds later, he was assessed a technical while on the bench.
ROOKIE WATCH: MarShon Brooks, who had gone eight for his last 29 from the field, finished with 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting.
INFLICTING PAIN: Rookie Tristan Thompson abused the Nets on the interior, scoring a career-high 27 points to go along with 12 rebounds on 12-for-16 from the field. His tip-in with 1:10 left gave the Cavaliers a 99-97 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME: D-Will’s flying one-handed dunk over Thompson in the fourth quarter after he crossed up Kyrie Irving on his way to the rim gave the Nets a 90-87 lead.
STAT OF THE GAME: The Cavaliers had 40 of their 66 points in the paint in the first half -- and finished with 26 second-chance points. They also outrebounded the Nets, 55-37.
SLOW START: The Nets shot 35.3 percent and trailed 30-17 after a first quarter in which Cleveland poured in 22 points in the paint.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Wizards, Wednesday night, 7:30.