Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nets Set Franchise Road Mark, 113-95 Brooklyn Defeats Lowly Cavaliers for 21st Away Win

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nets Set Franchise Road Mark, 113-95 Brooklyn Defeats Lowly Cavaliers for 21st Away Win

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Deron Williams scored 24 points and Brooklyn ended an eight-game road trip by crushing the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-95, Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, giving the Nets a record for road wins in a season.

The Nets shot 83 percent (15 of 18) in the second quarter, when they outscored the Cavaliers, 38-16, and opened a 30-point lead without much of a fight. Brooklyn's 21 road wins are the most for the franchise, which moved to the New York borough from New Jersey this season.

MarShon Brooks made his first 10 shots and finished with a career- high 27 points for the Nets, who haven't played at home since March 17 because a circus is at Barclays Center.

There's something of a carnival going on in Cleveland. The Cavaliers have lost 10 in a row amid speculation about coach Byron Scott's future.

Despite playing without injured starters Joe Johnson (heel) and Gerald Wallace (foot), the playoff-bound Nets closed their 17-day trip by making some history. By going 5-3 on the trip they reached 21 road wins, eclipsing the previous team record set a year ago and in 2005-06.

With only three road games left, the Nets have clinched their first winning road record since joining the NBA in 1976. Brooklyn also has 43 overall wins, the Nets' most since winning 49 in 2005- 06.

The Nets shot 73 percent (27 of 37) in the first half, when almost everything they hoisted toward the rim dropped through. Brooks surpassed his season high for points by halftime and Williams even recorded his first dunk of the season, driving past several Cavaliers acting like statues.

Other games

* Knicks 95, Hawks 82: Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points, Raymond Felton had three consecutive baskets in a key spurt, and visiting New York beat Atlanta for its 10th consecutive victory.

* Nuggets 113, Jazz 96: Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including nine in a row in the fourth, and visiting Denver beat Utah to end the Jazz's winning streak at five. …

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