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Russell scores 36, Nets outlast Cavaliers 148-139 in 3OTs

CLEVELAND (AP) DeMarre Carroll saved the day for the Brooklyn Nets, and D'Angelo Russell took advantage of the extra opportunity.

Russell scored 14 of his 36 points in the third overtime after Carroll's desperation 3-pointer in the second OT tied the game, and the Nets outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 148-139 on Wednesday night.

Russell's big finish wouldn't have been possible if Carroll hadn't shocked everyone with his buzzer-beating shot.

The fact the play wasn't even designed for Carroll made the result even more improbable.

''It was for Joe (Harris) or Allen (Crabbe),'' he said. ''It was a broken play. I saw an opening and I took it.''

Cleveland seemed to have sealed the win when Jordan Clarkson, who scored a career-high 42 points, made a go-ahead jumper in the final minute to put the Cavaliers ahead and added two free throws for a 128-125 lead.

Brooklyn called timeout and Carroll was double-teamed in the corner after taking the inbounds pass. He took a couple of dribbles to his left and put up the shot. Carroll fell to the floor and was mobbed by his teammates, who stormed off the bench.

Russell, who is headed to play in his first All-Star game, had two points in the first half and scored Brooklyn's first 11 points in third overtime, including two 3-pointers.

Russell's teammates pulled him aside at halftime with a clear message.

''They kept pushing me,'' he said. ''They weren't letting me get down. I made sure I got the ball.''

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said: ''He was really strong in the second half and all the overtimes, but that's the sign of an All-Star.''

Harris scored 25 points and Carroll had 18 as the Nets improved to 30-29 - above .500 at the All-Star break for the first time since 2012-13.

The teams were playing their final game before the break, likely a good thing after going 63 minutes in a contest that saw 23 lead changes.

Clarkson, playing a career-high 47 minutes, was 16 of 34 from the field and made 7 of 17 3-point attempts.

''We tried to leave everything on the floor trying to get a win knowing we've got these days off,'' he said. ''We didn't expect to go to three overtimes. But I'm in shape. I'll go all day.''

Collin Sexton had 24 points and Marquese Chriss added 23 for Cleveland.

Russell made two free throws with 16 seconds remaining to break a 116-all tie in the first overtime, but Sexton drove the lane and scored to tie the game with 2.8 seconds left.

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sat out to get additional rest following foot surgery. Brooklyn dressed nine players because of several injuries.

Chriss, Larry Nance Jr, David Nwaba and Ante Zizic fouled out for Cleveland, which played its first overtime game of the season.

The Cavaliers (12-46) were trying to win consecutive games for the third time this season. Cleveland has the third-worst record in the league.

TIP-INS

Nets: G Spencer Dinwiddle (torn ligaments in right thumb) F Treveon Graham (personal reasons), F Rodions Kurucs (sprained left elbow), F Jared Dudley (strained left hamstring) and G Dzanan Musa (G-League assignment) are out.

Cavaliers: F Cedi Osman and C Ante Zizic returned to the starting lineup. Osman (sprained right ankle) missed four games and Zizic (sore lower back) didn't play Monday. ... F Tristan Thompson (sore left foot) is expected to return sometime after the break. He has missed the last 13 games.

LOOKING AHEAD

Love plans to increase his playing time following the All-Star break. The Cavaliers resume play against Phoenix on Feb. 21.

''I don't know minutes-wise what it's going to be like, but a good progression after that because I will be fully prepared to go,'' Love said.

''He's in a really good place right now both physically and mentally,'' Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said.

STREAK SNAPPER

The Nets, who had lost two straight and five of six, are sixth in the Eastern Conference.

''That was one of those weird games before the break,'' Atkinson said. ''It would have been tough with a loss, but this really keeps our morale up.''

UP NEXT

Nets: Host Portland on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Cavaliers: Host Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 21.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  CLE team rebound 0:00
  Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on Ante Zizic 0:10
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:23
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 1st of 2 free throws 0:23
  Personal foul on Matthew Dellavedova 0:23
+ 2 Jordan Clarkson made dunk, assist by Matthew Dellavedova 0:38
+ 3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot 0:43
+ 3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matthew Dellavedova 1:05
Team Stats
Points 148 139
Field Goals 52-113 (46.0%) 54-120 (45.0%)
3-Pointers 18-45 (40.0%) 18-42 (42.9%)
Free Throws 26-34 (76.5%) 13-18 (72.2%)
Total Rebounds 77 63
Offensive 16 18
Defensive 44 39
Team 17 6
Assists 31 35
Steals 4 7
Blocks 13 4
Turnovers 18 15
Fouls 23 37
Technicals 0 0
36 PTS, 7 REB, 8 AST
42 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Nets 30-29 3025292591020148
home team logo Cavaliers 12-46 2929262591011139
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 30-29 102.5 PPG 43 RPG 25.5 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 12-46 90.7 PPG 38 RPG 15.7 APG
Key Players
D. Russell PG PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Clarkson PG 16.8 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.4 APG 44.8 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Russell PG 36 PTS 7 REB 8 AST
J. Clarkson PG 42 PTS 8 REB 5 AST
46.0 FG% 45.0
40.0 3PT FG% 42.9
76.5 FT% 72.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Russell 36 7 8 13/30 5/15 5/6 5 42 0 0 7 1 6 +7 52
J. Harris 25 4 2 9/12 4/5 3/3 3 48 0 0 1 0 4 +11 32
R. Hollis-Jefferson 17 5 0 7/10 0/2 3/3 2 29 1 0 2 2 3 -22 21
C. LeVert 12 7 9 5/14 2/5 0/0 4 30 0 1 3 1 6 +4 35
J. Allen 10 12 3 4/11 0/1 2/4 2 41 1 6 1 5 7 +5 34
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Russell 36 7 8 13/30 5/15 5/6 5 42 0 0 7 1 6 +7 52
J. Harris 25 4 2 9/12 4/5 3/3 3 48 0 0 1 0 4 +11 32
R. Hollis-Jefferson 17 5 0 7/10 0/2 3/3 2 29 1 0 2 2 3 -22 21
C. LeVert 12 7 9 5/14 2/5 0/0 4 30 0 1 3 1 6 +4 35
J. Allen 10 12 3 4/11 0/1 2/4 2 41 1 6 1 5 7 +5 34
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Carroll 18 7 1 5/13 3/5 5/5 1 45 0 1 1 3 4 +15 27
A. Crabbe 14 7 0 3/7 2/6 6/9 3 33 0 1 1 0 7 +12 21
S. Napier 10 3 7 4/11 2/6 0/0 2 22 1 1 1 0 3 +11 28
E. Davis 6 8 1 2/5 0/0 2/4 1 21 1 3 1 4 4 +2 19
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dinwiddie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Musa - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Kurucs - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 148 60 31 52/113 18/45 26/34 23 311 4 13 18 16 44 +45 269
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 24 6 5 10/22 2/5 2/4 3 45 0 0 2 3 3 -7 38
C. Osman 13 5 3 5/10 2/4 1/2 2 24 0 0 0 0 5 +1 24
D. Nwaba 7 7 1 3/3 1/1 0/0 6 27 0 1 0 1 6 -1 17
B. Knight 6 1 4 3/8 0/4 0/0 0 15 1 0 2 0 1 +1 14
A. Zizic 6 6 1 2/5 0/0 2/2 6 30 1 0 1 2 4 -10 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 24 6 5 10/22 2/5 2/4 3 45 0 0 2 3 3 -7 38
C. Osman 13 5 3 5/10 2/4 1/2 2 24 0 0 0 0 5 +1 24
D. Nwaba 7 7 1 3/3 1/1 0/0 6 27 0 1 0 1 6 -1 17
B. Knight 6 1 4 3/8 0/4 0/0 0 15 1 0 2 0 1 +1 14
A. Zizic 6 6 1 2/5 0/0 2/2 6 30 1 0 1 2 4 -10 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 42 8 5 16/34 7/17 3/3 2 47 1 1 5 3 5 -10 57
M. Chriss 23 7 1 9/16 3/6 2/3 6 27 2 0 1 4 3 -1 33
L. Nance Jr. 8 14 2 3/12 2/3 0/0 6 32 0 1 2 5 9 +3 25
N. Stauskas 7 0 0 2/4 1/2 2/2 3 23 1 0 0 0 0 -11 8
M. Dellavedova 3 3 13 1/6 0/0 1/2 3 40 1 1 2 0 3 -10 32
D. Adel 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Blossomgame - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 139 57 35 54/120 18/42 13/18 37 311 7 4 15 18 39 -45 262