• Nets 100, Cavaliers 79: With Cleveland's triple-double machine LeBron James on the bench, the Nets' Richard Jefferson played king for a day. Only he's been doing this all season long. Tuesday's totals: 36 points, 11-of-18 shooting, 13-of-15 from the line. Lines don't get much better than that. The Nets don't want to get too cocky, however. Shannon Brown led the way for the short-handed Cavaliers. When someone who average five points stepped up with 20, the Nets knew that their opponents' big guns weren't firing.

    The Nets move on from this one to host the Knicks on Wednesday and the Rockets on Friday. They're only at .500, but they are slowly showing signs of life. Jefferson's All-Star caliber performance has been their most impressive asset this season.