Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – December 3
=== Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – December 3 ===
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated by Carmelo Anthony
and the Denver Nuggets, 115-103, on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center.
LeBron James, who was drafted No. 1 overall in this past year’s draft,
finished with 19 points on just 6-of-19 shooting for the Cavaliers. However,
the second matchup of the LeBron vs. Carmelo saga ended with the same result
as the first meeting between the two young superstars. Anthony was selected
third by the Nuggets in the 2003 NBA Draft.
Darius Miles and Zydrunas Ilgauskas each posted double-doubles. Miles had 10
boards to go along with his 11 points, while Ilgauskas added 14 points and
hauled down 13 rebounds.
Anthony, though, was too much, as he sparked a 10-0 run that put the Nuggets
up 92-81 midway through the fourth.
Later in the quarter, Anthony answered a James three-pointer with a tip-in and
moments later, Anthony stole a pass and found Jon Barry open in the lane for a
scoop lay-up that made the score 102-93 in favor of Denver with just under
five minutes left.
Cleveland then tried to make it interesting down the stretch.
Carlos Boozer’s jumper made it a six-point Nuggets lead with under two minutes
left. Boozer was then called for goaltending on an Anthony jumper and the lead
was back to eight points.
Denver iced it on its next two possessions, as Earl Boykins first slipped down
the lane and scored on a soft layup before he banked a shot off the glass for
a sizeable 12-point lead as the clock ticked down to under a minute left in
Cleveland outrebounded Denver, 51-37.
The Cavs visit the Clippers tonight.