The Nets wanted the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Sunday they clinched it, with a 123-109 rout of Cleveland.
Now comes the task of doing something with it.
A child’s play victory over the Cavaliers before 1,773 at Barclays Center — including co-owner Clara Wu Tsai, seated courtside next to Alicia Keys — was the final tilt of the regular season. The preamble is done, now comes the playoffs.
Kevin Durant (game-high 23 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds) and Kyrie Irving (17 points, 3-of-3 from deep) led the way, as usual. Irving became just the ninth player in history to finish the season shooting splits of 50/40/90, and only the fourth to ever do it averaging 25 points.
And despite James Harden being rested on the tail end of a back-to-back, the Nets blew past the Cavaliers (22-50) and to the No. 2 seed they wanted.