Nets attempt to even series with Cavaliers
(Sports Network) – The sixth-seeded New Jersey Nets try to even their Eastern
Conference semifinals series with No. 2 Cleveland at a game apiece, as the
teams square off tonight at Quicken Loans Arena.
In Game 1, LeBron James shook off a cold to score 21 points, pull down 11
rebounds and dish out seven assists as Cleveland edged New Jersey, 81-77, on
Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Larry Hughes added 17 points, six six assists and four steals in Game 1’s win
for the Cavaliers, while Sasha Pavlovic finished with 15 points and Drew
Gooden netted 14 and grabbed 14 boards in the victory.
Vince Carter tallied 21 points, 13 rebounds and six assists but shot just 7-
of-23 from the floor for the Nets, while Richard Jefferson finished with 16
points and Bostjan Nachbar ended with 12 points off the bench. Jason Kidd
scored seven points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists, but shot
a poor 2-of-11 from the field.
Game 3 of this best-of-seven series is scheduled for Saturday at Continental
This is the third time the Cavaliers and New Jersey are meeting in the
postseason. Cleveland defeated the Nets twice in the first round. The Cavs
knocked out the Nets in four, 3-1, in 1992 and in five, 3-2, in 1993.
The Cavaliers swept the seventh-seeded Washington Wizards in the opening round
of the postseason. Cleveland is 2-2 all-time in the Eastern Conference
semifinals. The Cavaliers defeated Washington in seven games in 1976 and beat
the Celtics in seven in 1992. They were swept by the Bulls in 1993 and lost in
seven to Detroit last year.
New Jersey knocked out the third-seeded Toronto Raptors, who won the Atlantic
Division during the regular season, in six games in the first round. The Nets
have lost their last two trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals. They were
ousted in seven by Detroit in 2004 and in five by Miami last season.
The Nets are 2-3 all-time in the East semis. New Jersey, which lost to
Milwaukee, 4-2, in the 1984 East semis, did defeat the Charlotte Hornets, 4-1,
in the 2002 semifinals and the Celtics, 4-0, in 2003. The Nets are 2-0 in the
conference finals and 0-2 in the NBA Finals.