Nets survive in Cleveland, extend winning streak to nine games

Days after beating the 2021 NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets extended their winning streak to nine games in survival mode with a 125-117 win over the third-seeded Cavaliers on Monday night.

The nine-game winning streak marks the team’s longest winning streak since 2004 — when current nets coach jacque vaughn Be part of a team that has won 14 games in a row.

“We’ve got to approach every game the same way, same approach, same mentality, same unity,” said TJ Warren, who came off the bench and scored 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting. “Everyone comes in and plays for each other. Let’s continue this streak.”

After Kevin Durant fouled out with 1:54 left in the fourth quarter, Cavaliers star Darius Garland pulled Cleveland back from a 19-point deficit late in the game, but the Nets held off Garland’s 46-point night secured the victory.

Kevin Durant's DQ didn't cost his team a win.

It was another victory that proved that the Nets had entered the elite ranks of the Eastern Conference. They beat the title contenders in back-to-back games and now pass the Cavaliers for the No. 3 seed in the East.

The Nets have won 13 of their last 14 games and are 20-7 since Jacque Vaughn took over. Steve Nash as head coach.

The Nets are also 12-3 in key games this season — games decided by five points or fewer in the final five minutes of regular-season or overtime.

And after beating two of the top three seeds in the East, the only team, the Nets The one that hasn’t checked the roster yet is the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers lingered late in the game thanks to crafty All-Star Garland, who got the spot he wanted on the floor. After Ben Simmons pinned Donovan Mitchell on the other side of the court, the Cavaliers almost exclusively ran the offense through him.

Mitchell averaged 29 points per game, scoring 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting. Simmons was his primary defender most of the time, covering him every time he got the ball.

Durant and Kyrie Irving each scored 32 points. Durant surpassed Tim Duncan to rank 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring leader list. Simmons scored 4 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, and Yudai Watanabe scored 10 points off the bench.

Front netter Jarrett Allen had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Former Nets star Caris LeVert scored just eight points in 20 minutes.

The Nets are now the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, a spot they’ll hope to hold on to Wednesday’s game against the Hawks in Atlanta.