Nets hold off Cavs, move to 2-0 under Carlesimo

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm •  Published: December 29, 2012
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Irving missed on a drive, but then followed Williams' free throw with a 3-pointer that cut it to 101-100 with 5.9 seconds to play.

Johnson made two free throws and Irving got a good look from straightaway, staring at the basket in disbelief when the shot didn't stay down.

"That was a good look. He just hit one prior to that, had pretty much the same spot," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. "It was a pretty good look. When it left his hand I thought it was going to be pretty close. But yeah, that's the shot we wanted."

Carlesimo provided little details of the lunch meeting with Prokhorov, beyond that they ate at a Greek restaurant in Manhattan. Carlesimo said they talked about food and a little about the team over about two hours in his first extended conversation with Prokhorov. Asked what he learned about his boss, Carlesimo said: "I think if we would keep winning games, that would be good. He definitely prefers winning."

Carlesimo kept his sense of humor about the situation, responding to a question about Jeff Van Gundy's candidacy by saying: "I told Mikhail today in no uncertain terms I didn't want him talking to anybody." But he was serious when asked if the ability to make any list of coaching candidates meaningless by winning games, as Mike Woodson did last season with the Knicks, was available to him.

"I think it's available. I think we need a win and there's also coaches that are available and that's not something I have any control over," Carlesimo said before the game, adding that the Nets played well Friday and would "just go at it like one day at a time and let's see what's going to happen."

Lopez had the first five points of a 13-0 run that turned a 15-13 game into a 28-13 Brooklyn lead. He shot 7 of 8 for his 15 points in just 9 minutes, then Miles scored 13 second-quarter points in pulling the Cavs to 61-53 at halftime.

"We're playing hard. It's just growing pains and learning how to play," Miles said. "That first quarter really didn't help the cause. We got off to that slow start. We played that way probably a couple of minutes into the second (quarter) and throughout the whole game."

Cleveland cut it to 79-74 after three.

Notes: Irving was averaging 37.5 points in New York this season. He had 34 in his first game here and a career-high 41 in a loss to the Knicks on Dec. 15. ... The Nets again played without forward Kris Humphries because of an abdominal strain. ... The loss left Scott, a former Nets coach, at 399 wins, remaining one shy of becoming the eighth active coach with 400. ... After the game, the Nets waived reserve Josh Childress, who played in 14 games.

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