NBA: Cavs bounce back with win over Nets

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love drives against Brooklyn Nets center Andrea Bargnani.
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love drives against Brooklyn Nets center Andrea Bargnani.PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS

(AFP) - Kevin Love scored 17 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers got back to winning ways on Wednesday with a comfortable 91-78 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Still smarting from a humiliating 132-98 home defeat to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, the Cavs rebounded to score an emphatic victory at the Barclays Centre.

Love, who also had 18 rebounds, completed his 19th double-double by half-time while LeBron James finished with 18 points.

James also contributed five assists before sitting out the final 12 minutes as Cleveland eased to victory.

The win saw Cleveland improve to 29-11 and they continue to lead the Eastern Conference standings.

Brooklyn meanwhile fell to 11-32 for the season as they slumped to their ninth defeat in 10 games.

Centre Brook Lopez top-scored for the Nets with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Thaddeus Young added 14 points before fouling out.

The tone for the match was set by James, who scored six points in an 8-0 run early in the first quarter. Cleveland steadily extended their lead, going 51-38 up at half-time and retaining a healthy 73-55 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Two emphatic dunks by Tristan Thompson and a finger roll by J.R. Smith effectively sealed victory midway through the fourth quarter, putting the Cavaliers 85-62 ahead.