‘Melo leads Nuggets over Cavs
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, as the
Denver Nuggets came away with a 105-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers,
who wrapped up a three-game homestand at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nene posted 21 points and nine rebounds for Denver, which snapped a two-game
losing streak. Allen Iverson notched 18 points and 12 assists and Linas Kleiza
had 14 points for the Nuggets, who are 2-2 so far on a five-game road trip.
The Nuggets will close out the trek at Detroit on Monday. In injury news for
Denver, forward Eduardo Najera (leg) remained sidelined, and center Marcus
Camby (back) had four points, six boards and six assists.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who are
just 2 1/2 games behind the Detroit Pistons in both the Central Division and
Eastern Conference standings. LeBron James also netted 18 points and Larry
Hughes added 17. Drew Gooden posted 12 points and 10 boards for the Cavs, who
have lost three of four.
The Cavs edged a slight lead after 12 minutes, 25-23, but, after Donyell
Marshall’s layup 17 seconds into the second, Denver went on a 12-2 run
highlighted by a pair of Kleiza treys for a 35-30 lead with 9:18 remaining.
The Nuggets led 55-53 at halftime.
With the score deadlocked at 75 late in the third, the Nuggets rattled off six
straight for an 81-75 lead heading into the fourth.
After J.R. Smith’s reverse dunk 33 seconds into the final stanza, Cleveland
went on an 8-0 spurt capped by an Ilgauskas layup at 9:09 to tie things at 83.
With Denver holding a four-point lead, 97-93, the Nuggets scored the game’s
final eight points to cruise to victory.
This showdown between Denver and Cleveland was the second and final meeting of
the regular season. The Nuggets won the first matchup, 110-99, on January 19
at the Pepsi Center and have won four of five and seven of the last nine
meetings…Denver, though, has lost eight of 11 and 12 of its last 16 at