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Cavaliers vs. Nets score: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving’s dominance helps Brooklyn clinch No. 7 seed in East

The Brooklyn Nets have solidified their spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 115-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. With the win, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and company will advance to face the No. 2 seeded Boston Celtics with Game 1 of that best-of-seven series set to be played on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Boston. 

Durant and Irving were their usual dominant selves for Brooklyn as the duo combined for 59 points, 23 assists and eight rebounds in the win to help the Nets hold off a comeback from the Cavaliers over the course of the fourth quarter that saw Cleveland cut the deficit to just five points after they had trailed by more than 20 points earlier in the game. While he was spectacular in his own right for the Cavaliers, Darius Garland’s 34 points and five assists were not enough to help lead Cleveland to a win on the road and now they will have to play again on Friday in order to try and secure a postseason berth. 

The Nets were considered to be one of the favorites to win the title entering the season and, despite their struggles over the course of 82 regular-season games, they now have the opportunity to live up to those expectations. 

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