Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao had stellar games for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-5) on Tuesday night, but the team was nonetheless blown out by the Brooklyn Nets (3-2), 114-101. Irving and Verjao combined for 69 points, but that could not overcome Brooklyn's five players in double digits.
Irving put up 34 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals on 9-19 shooting from the field and 14-14 from the free throw line. Even more amazing was Varejao, who continued his breakout season with an astounding 35 points on 16-21 shooting to go along with 18 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Unfortunately, the Cavs only had one other player in double digits: Tristan Thompson, who put up 14 points and five rebounds.
It was the defense, though, that let the Cavs down. The Nets shot 54 percent from the field and went 25-31 from the free throw line. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez all scored 20-plus points, going for 26, 25 and 23, respectively.
The Cavs will be off until Saturday night, when they'll host the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. ET.