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NEW YORK -- After three long games on the road, the Brooklyn Nets made quick work of Cleveland back at home. Twins Paul Molitor Jersey . Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 22 points in a flawless first quarter, and the Nets pulled away in the second on the way to their 12th straight home victory, 108-97 over the Cavaliers on Friday night. "It was great for him to come out and get us started and get us going, and then that second group kind of finished it off," Nets guard Deron Williams said. Joe Johnson added 14 points for the Nets, who played three straight overtime games on their road trip, losing the last two of them. But things were much easier inside Barclays Center, where they won for the 19th time in their last 21 games. "It sure beats us getting booed earlier in the year," Pierce said. "So were playing well here. We feel comfortable on our home turf." The Nets are hoping to open the playoffs here, but still have work to do to catch either Toronto or Chicago for home-court advantage in the first round. They are 2 1/2 games behind the Raptors for first place in the Atlantic Division and 1 1/2 behind the Bulls for the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Nets were without Kevin Garnett for a 15th straight game because of back spasms and Andrei Kirilenko for a third in a row because of a sprained left ankle, but had six players score in double figures and shot 55 per cent from the field. They scored the first 12 points of the second quarter to break away from a 29-all tie, and Cleveland never put much of a dent in the lead. Brooklyn had a 48-18 advantage in bench points in improving to 28-12 since Jan. 1, best in the East. "Thats who we are. If were going to go anywhere in this playoffs, were a team full of depth. Weve got a number of guys that can beat you on any given night, its not really surrounded around one particular guy," Pierce said. "Tonight I was our leading scorer, but then it can be somebody else tomorrow, the next game and thats what makes us so dangerous." Luol Deng and Dion Waiters each scored 20 points for the Cavaliers, who had won three in a row. They had pulled off a pair of big fourth-quarter comebacks during the win streak, beating Detroit on Wednesday on Waiters jumper as time expired, but there was no run in this one. "Ive come to the conclusion of expecting more from us. Thats whats disappointing," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "Its disappointing to play the way we did tonight. Its tough to swallow." Williams and Alan Anderson each scored 13 points for Brooklyn, which improved to 11-4 this month and can tie the franchise record for most victories in March by beating Minnesota here Sunday night. Williams made a 3-pointer and Pierce hit two straight for a 9-0 Brooklyn lead, and Pierce was 4 for 4 before the first was half over. But Spencer Hawes and Deng led a solid finish to the quarter that allowed Cleveland to tie it at 29. The Nets were even better to open the second, scoring 12 straight to make it 41-29 on Andersons 3-pointer. The lead reached 17 on a 3-pointer by Pierce with 2:05 remaining, and Brooklyn took a 61-50 lead into halftime. Six players had at least four points in the quarter. Cleveland cut Brooklyns 16-point lead in the third in half by the end of the quarter, but the Nets quickly regained control by opening the fourth with an 8-1 spurt for a 15-point cushion. "Weve got to do a better job coming out in the first quarter," Waiters said, "not always falling down by a big margin." NOTES: Brooklyns Jorge Gutierrez made some money and lost some Friday. Shortly after the Nets signed him to a multiyear deal after the expiration of his second 10-day contract, the rookie point guard was fined $15,000 by the NBA for making excessive contact above the shoulders when he fouled Charlottes Cody Zeller on Wednesday. ... After opening the season against each other with the Cavs win in Cleveland on Oct. 30, they will finish things off in the same spot on April 16. Twins Ehire Adrianza Jersey . Then youve got to worry about the other up and coming teams in the two weaker divisions in the "Junior Circuit". Twins Andrew Vasquez Jersey . Stepanek gave the Czech Republic its second straight Davis Cup title Sunday, sweeping past Dusan Lajovic in straight sets in the fifth and decisive match to secure a 3-2 win over Serbia in the final. http://www.cheaptwinsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=twins-justin-morneau-jersey . Kyle Denbrook, a soccer player from Saint Marys University, took the CIS male athlete of the week honour. Stanley, a fourth-year business administration student from Charlottetown, scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Dalhousie on Friday and tallied again in a 1-0 win over Saint Marys on Sunday. HAMILTON, Ont. -- The Hamilton Bulldogs were determined to tilt the scales in their direction on Sunday after losing a close game and a lengthy winning streak a night earlier. Nathan Beaulieu provided that push with two points, including the game-winning goal in the second period, as the Bulldogs outlasted the Iowa Wild 3-1 in the American Hockey League. Gabriel Dumont and Nick Tarnasky also scored for the Bulldogs (19-15-4), who returned to the win column after seeing a six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday. Dustin Tokarski made 27 saves. "Yesterday, we let the game slip away from us," said Beaulieu. "So today, we were on a mission. It was disappointing to have our streak snapped, but now we can build another." Marc Hagel had the lone goal for the Wild (15-16-4), who completed a six-game road trip 2-2-2. Johan Gustafsson stopped 31 shots in a losing effort. Marc Hagels hooking penalty just 31 seconds into the game gave life to Hamiltons offence, and the Bulldogs nearly opened the scoring twice on the power play. Moments after Sven Andrighetto was denied, Martin St. Pierre chipped an effort over Gustafsson and just outside the near post. The Bulldogs continued to probe for the games first goal, and Andrighetto showcased his speed with five minutes to play in the first period, sliding the puck past Wild defender Brian Connelly and rushing in alone on Gustafsson, who held firm to smother his shot. After a strong effort on their first power play of the afternoon, the Bulldogs found the opening goal on their second, after Corbin Baldwin was whistled for hooking at 17:54 of the first period. Dumont put his stickhandling on display, receiving a pass from St. Pierre well wide of the net but quickly whipping the puck to his forehand side before chipping a shot over the far shoulder of Gustafsson at 18:44. Hamilton head coach Sylvain Lefebvre was encoouraged by his teams strong first period, particularly coming as it did on the heels of a streak-ending loss. Twins Eddie Rosario Jersey. "The guys regrouped and refocused today, and had a really good start," he said. "I was concerned with how we would start, given the finish yesterday. But the guys showed some maturity, and it seems like were gaining that as a group." A great opportunity to double the lead passed the Bulldogs by four minutes into the second period, when Louis Leblanc failed to corral a centring pass and could only manage a weak attempt on goal. Maxime Macenauer was penalized for a trip on the play, and the Wild punished the Bulldogs inability to finish on the ensuing power play. Hagel, Justin Mercier and Warren Peters worked a combined rush to perfection, as Peters found Hagel with the final, cross-ice pass. He easily fired the one-time shot past the downed Tokarski at 6:13 of the second period. Another impressive individual play paved the way for Hamiltons go-ahead goal at 12:26. Andrighetto took control of the puck behind the Wild net, weaved through defenders to the blue-line and unleashed a low slap shot that rebounded to Beaulieu on the right. The defenceman made no mistake in firing the second effort high and past Gustafsson. Hamilton suffered a scare when Dumont took a slap shot directly off the foot, and hobbled to the bench midway through the third. He returned to the bench minutes later, but did not play another shift. Tarnasky added the insurance goal into the empty net with just six seconds to play. Lefebvre saw some of the ingredients for a playoff team in his groups performance on Sunday. "You have to be able to play the tight games," he said. 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