James was scoreless and missed both shots in the fourth quarter after he scored 30 points on 13-for-14 shooting through three. Lopez had the final five points in a 14-0 run down the stretch as the Nets surged past the Eastern Conference leaders.
The Cavaliers finished 10 of 38 on 3-pointers, needing a make by Jordan McRae after the Nets had taken control to extend their franchise-record streak to 10 games with 10 or more makes. But they misfired way too often, with Kyrie Irving finishing 6 for 22 from the field and Kevin Love going 5 for 14.
It looked as if James would rescue his teammates when he scored 15 points in a dominant third quarter. He started 10 for 10 and his first miss came when it appeared teammate Timofey Mozgov knocked him off balance on a tip-in attempt.
But James started the fourth quarter on the bench and the Nets took advantage. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored six quick points, and the Cavs’ lead was 92-90 before the Nets hit them with the decisive spurt.
Leading by three after one, the Nets opened a 13-point lead in the second as the Cavs misfired on 11 of their 13 3-point attempts. Brooklyn took a 59-49 lead into the break, with the Cavs going 3 for 18 beyond the arc.
Cavaliers: Coach Tyronn Lue didn’t want to discuss what he talked about with James following the Cavs’ blowout loss in Miami on Saturday. Cleveland.com reported Thursday that Lue spoke to him after the game after feeling James spent too much time talking to Dwyane Wade at halftime instead of warming up. “LeBron’s the leader of this team, we had a great talk and that’s it,” Lue said.
Nets: Shane Larkin and Sergey Karasev got the start in the backcourt and Larkin will get the job the rest of the season as the Nets focus on seeing who they want to keep on the roster going forward. Interim coach Tony Brown said the evaluation process could even mean veterans Lopez and Thaddeus Young could get certain games off so younger players could get more time.
NEW TEAM, OLD LOOK
The Nets unveiled the logo and uniforms for the Long Island Nets, their NBA Development League affiliate that will debut next season. The red, white and blue color scheme is a nod to the franchise’s past, as the New York Nets wore those colors when they played in the ABA from 1972-76. The team will play its first season at Barclays Center before moving to the renovated Nassau Coliseum in 2017-18.
Cavaliers: Visit New York on Saturday.
Nets: Host Indiana on Saturday.