Jason Kidd & New Jersey Nets Win An Ugly Game Five, Lebron James & Cleveland Cavaliers Struggle
It wasn’t pretty, but the New Jersey Nets will live to play another day, specifically game six back in ‘Brick City.’ The Nets survived a disastrous fourth quarter to beat the Cavaliers in an ugly game. Click here for your recap and reaction….
What Happened: The New Jersey Nets weren’t concerned with how they won game five. Their only concern was winning, so they could stay alive in their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Well, the Nets certainly won an ugly game on Wednesday night, overcoming a disastrous fourth quarter to defeat the Cavaliers 83-72.
The Cavaliers, despite the loss, still lead the series 3-2.
Jason Kidd paced New Jersey with 20 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Richard Jefferson scored 15 points, while Mikki Moore chipped in with 14 points.
LeBron James had 20 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for the Cavaliers. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 16 points and six rebounds, but nobody else contributed for Cleveland. Both teams struggled in the fourth quarter.
The Nets, as a team, scored six points in the game’s final frame, making just 1-of-15 field goal attempts. They weren’t much better from the line, sinking just 4-of-10 free-throw attempts.
The Cavaliers made just 3-of-17 field goal attempts in the fourth quarter. LeBron James injured himself in the final minute, chasing down a loose ball close to the sideline.
Game six is scheduled for Friday in New Jersey.
Reaction of New Jersey guard Jason Kidd on how experience helped them win game five:
"We’re a veteran ballclub and we’ve been in this situation before. Everybody pitched in at some point and we got a big win on the road to force Game 6. We played well. We didn’t finish the fourth quarter the way we wanted to. We’re just going to let it hang out in Game 6." (ESPN)
Reaction of New Jersey forward Mikki Moore on Cleveland’s reaction to his game four foul on James:
"If they want to take offense to a little love tap, that’s their problem. It’s a man’s sport. I didn’t try to hurt the boy. The boy went to the basket and I gave him a playoff foul." (CNNSI)
Reaction of Cleveland guard Larry Hughes on his poor performance:
“I laid an egg, there’s no two ways about it. I can’t go out there and play like that and expect us to win."
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