Jefferson Leads Nets Blowout of Cavaliers

LeBron watches from the bench as Cleveland drops fourth in a row
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2007 11:05 PM CST
Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas, right, from Lithuania, grabs a rebound against New Jersey Nets' Richard Jefferson, left, and Malik Allen during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – LeBron James missed his third consecutive game with an injured finger and was forced to watch his Cleveland teammates lose 100-79 to New Jersey from the bench. It was the fourth straight loss for the Cavaliers, who allowed Richard Jefferson to score a season-high 36 points. Cleveland looked disjointed on both ends of the court without King James, reports the AP.

New Jersey started the third quarter on a 9-0 run and never looked back as they improved to 9-9 on the season. Jason Kidd didn’t even need to play the fourth quarter; he finished with seven points, six assists and 10 rebounds. Shannon Brown led the Cavaliers with 20 points as his club fell below .500 to 9-10.