Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Tristan Thompson grabbed a career-high 21
rebounds on top of 17 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers took down the Denver
Nuggets, 98-88, from Quicken Loans Arena.
Kyrie Irving netted a game-high 23 points for the Cavs, who won their second
straight tilt for the first time this season.
Anderson Varejao contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds off the bench and
Andrew Bynum scored 14 points one game after his season-high 20 in a win over
"Thats a really good team in the other locker room," said Cleveland head
coach Mike Brown. "They've been playing some good basketball. We got a lot of
good performances from a lot of different guys."
Randy Foye made three triples en route to 16 points to lead a balanced Denver
attack, but the Nuggets had their seven-game winning streak snapped. J.J.
Hickson registered a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards, while Nate
Robinson and Wilson Chandler deposited 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Cleveland got a boost from its bench in the opening quarter to assume a 31-24
lead after 12 minutes of play. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett scored all five of
his points late in the period, and Jarrett Jack canned a triple 45 seconds
before the buzzer.
The Cavs led by 12 multiple times throughout the second quarter but failed to
put away the resilient Nuggets, who used a 10-2 charge -- which included
leading scorer Ty Lawson's only bucket of the contest -- to close out the half
and claw back within four at 56-52.
Hickson's alley-oop from Foye 1:44 into the second half had Cleveland's lead
down to two, but Denver never found a way to get over the hump. Bynum scored
three straight baskets at the rim around a Chandler jumper, and Irving's
jumper had the lead at 66-59 midway through the period.
Varejao made two crucial mid-range jumpers to break up a potential Denver
charge midway through the fourth. Thompson added four straight free throws to
extend the lead to 90-77, and Cleveland's defense did the rest.
"You can't win a game when you give up 20 offensive rebounds like we did
tonight," said Denver head coach Brian Shaw. "Their bigs just beat up on our
bigs, is what it came down to."
Lawson shot 1-for-13 from the floor for a season-low four points. Lawson has
reached double figures in every previous contest. He did, however, dish out 11
assists ... Cleveland outrebounded the Nuggets, 58-43 ... The Nuggets shot
just 6-of-23 from 3-point range.
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