Brook Lopez gave the New Jersey Nets the lead for good on a turnaround jumper to give the Nets a 103-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers after a Daniel Gibson three-point attempt hit the back rim.
When asked if he remembered the last game-winner he hit, Lopez replied “I don’t know, it might have been Stanford but it feels good. We ran the play exactly the way we wanted to.”
Devin Harris discussed what the team may take away from teh victory. “It’s a learning process for us. Hopefully we can pick it up and learn from this one and continue to do this at a high rate for the second part of the season.”
When I asked Nets head coach Avery Johnson about the significance of winning the 13th game of the season, surpassing the total of 12 wins last season, he responded “We hadn’t even talked about it. Nobody brought it up in the locker room. Like we said, we’re trying to start our own history here, and hopefully we’ll be able to look back on this year as the year that catapulted Nets basketball back to prominence.”
When asked what was going through his mind when Lopez took the shot, Coach Johnson said “Man, I was praying, holding my breath. I really wanted this one for our guys. Sasha made an on-time, on-tarket pass to Brook, and Brook finished the shot, so I’m happy for our guys.”
Gibson, who had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, was dejected after. “I had the range. When I let it go I thought it was good. I really thought it was good. It caught a little bit of the back rim. It hurts. It hurts a lot, because we tied it. We played the right type of basketball. We put ourselves in the position to win and we didn’t finish it.”
Lopez led the Nets with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, while Anthony Morrow came off the bench to score 16 points. Double-doubles were notched by both Devin Harris, with 14 points and 10 assists, his seventh of the year, and Kris Humphries off the bench, with 11 points and 11 rebounds, his 14th of the season. Jordan Farmar scored 11 off the bench.
The Cavaliers were led by Antawn Jamison, who scored 26 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Gibson scored 19 points while dishing out 5 assists, while Ramon Sessions scored 13, dished out 6 assists, and pulled down 4 rebounds. J.J. Hickson scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Joey Graham, twin brother of Stephen Graham of the Nets, scored 14 points off the bench.
The Nets have won three out of four and close out the home stand tomorrow against the Memphis Grizzles at 7pm at the Prudential Center.
Nets Head Coach Avery Johnson Post Game
Anthony Morrow Post Game