Brooklyn Nets Lose A Heartbreaker Against The Cavaliers In Season Opener, 113-114

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The Brooklyn Nets lost against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter, despite Cam Thomas scoring 36 points after coming off the bench. In the last seconds of the game, Donovan Mitchell made the game-winning three-pointer, which helped the Cavaliers win 113–114 and secure their first victory of the 2023–24 campaign.

In the last play, the Nets failed to deliver the ball to Mikal Bridges due to poor execution. Thomas attempted a desperate heave, but it was unsuccessful, which resulted in the defeat.

“Tried to get open. I thought it was a tough pass for Cam. I think it was just a tough, risky pass for him,” Bridges said after the game.

The Nets put themselves in a difficult situation early in the game when they fell down by 13 points at 22-9. Thomas scored 24 points in the first half, and his excellent shooting allowed them to rally.

Bridges only scored in double figures once in the fourth quarter, but the Cavs played excellent defense against the Nets. For the majority of the first half, the Nets had to play catch-up because of their defensive pressure.

The Nets maintained a close lead and were competitive on both ends in the second half, which was a different story. The Nets led by two points in the fourth quarter thanks to a game-winning three-pointer from backup point guard Dennis Smith Jr. That was a part of the Nets’ 10-0 run that gave them a 101-95 advantage.

The majority of the game was difficult for star wing Bridges, who scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter alone. With a little more than a minute remaining, he made two free throws to give the Nets a six-point lead, but they were unable to win.

Head coach Jacque Vaughn grumbled that the officials missed him signaling a timeout during the final play of the game. As a result, the play was badly executed, but the Cavaliers’ defense held strong.

“I wish I had a buzzer that I could push [that] the referees are locked in. The play was for Mikal,” Vaughn said. “Cam was supposed to hit it to Mikal. Couldn’t call timeout. I’m across half-court trying to, though.”

On Friday, October 27, the Nets will take on the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center in an attempt to recover.