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James scores 34 as Cavaliers beat Nuggets 93-87


By PAT GRAHAM
Posted Dec 30 2015 3:55AM

DENVER (AP) On nearly 31-year-old legs, LeBron James found a little more elevation for all his emphatic dunks.

Has to be the thin air of Denver, he concluded.

"When the air is thick, it kind of holds me back a little bit when I jump," James joked. "I was trying to put a staple in the game."

James scored 34 points on the eve of his birthday, Iman Shumpert added a season-high 16 and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 93-87 on Tuesday night.

This win was the perfect early gift as the Cavaliers finish off a four-game West Coast swing with a 2-2 mark. But what James really wants for a present? Time with his family. That and maybe a couple of actual presents because, contrary to popular belief, he doesn't have everything.

"It's become an excuse," James playfully said of his family and friend not knowing what to get him. "They're like, `What do we get someone who has everything?' That's what I hear."

Cavaliers coach David Blatt has the ideal gift for his star player.

"Peace and quiet," Blatt said. "That's what I would give him. Even a day, where nobody bothers him."

The Cavaliers rested Kyrie Irving on the second night of a back-to-back as he works his way back from a fractured left kneecap. No trouble as Kevin Love helped pick up the slack with eight points and 14 rebounds in Cleveland's fourth game in five nights.

"We wanted and felt that we needed to finish this trip strong, to get a couple of wins, to go into the new year with good momentum and a good feeling," Blatt said.

Reserve Will Barton had 29 for the injury-riddled Nuggets, who've now dropped six of seven. They were once again without Danilo Gallinari (sprained left ankle) and rookie Emmanuel Mudiay (sprained right ankle).

"If we were healthy and fully loaded, I'm sure we would play a little bit better," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "But I'm not going to use that as an excuse for our loss tonight."

Trailing by 11 with 3:07 remaining, the Nuggets resorted to fouling Tristan Thompson, who's a 56 percent free throw shooter. Thompson struggled at the line, hitting 1 of 4, but Denver couldn't capitalize.

James put the finishing touches on the win with a windmill dunk late in the game. On his way back down the court, James smiled at retired NBA player and Denver native Chauncey Billups, who was sitting courtside.

As for what James said, well, he preferred to keep that quiet.

"Always great to see him," James said.

James nearly outscored Denver's starters by himself - 35-34.

"When he sees that ball go in the basket a couple of times from the perimeter, the basket gets bigger and bigger," Malone said. "He got into a rhythm."

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: J.R. Smith had 11 points against his former team. ... Here was a quirky state from the first half: The Cavaliers didn't shoot a free throw. This from a team that's averaging 22 free throws a game.

Nuggets: Malone said Gallinari is closer to a return than Mudiay. Gallinari may be ready Saturday at Golden State. ... C Jusuf Nurkic (torn left patellar tendon) could soon make his season debut this weekend. "If he's cleared to play on (Saturday), it's a situation where he will play no more than 15 minutes," Malone explained.

HARD TO PICK

Having been an assistant at Golden State and Cleveland, Malone was asked who's better between Stephen Curry and James.

Not surprisingly, he played it safe by picking both.

"I'm not going to say one is better than the other. I would love to coach either one of them," Malone said.

RESPECT

James had quite a juke in the second quarter, when his fake on Kostas Papanikolaou opened up the lane for a powerful dunk. It was a long night for Papanikolaou trying to defend James.

"That's why he is one of the best players in the league," Papanikolaou said.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Host Orlando on Saturday.

Nuggets: At Portland on Wednesday.


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CLE
DEN
     
    • 44.2%

    • 41.6%

    • 18.2%

    • 20.8%

    • 59.1%

    • 72.7%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
CLE DEN
Total Rebounds 44 52
Offensive Rebounds 9 12
Turnovers 12 18
Fast Break Pts: 16 14
Biggest Lead: 15 2
Points in the Paint: 44 48
CLE DEN
p James   34 Barton   29
rb Love   14 Faried   8
a Dellavedova   5 Nelson   8
s 5 players   2 Harris   2
b 3 players   1 2 players   2
 
  • 12/29 - CLE 93 @ DEN 87
  • 03/21 - DEN 91 @ CLE 124
Cleveland Cavaliers (21-9)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
L. James F 34:23 13-24 1-3 7-8 +3 3 3 6 2 2 2 5 1 0 34
K. Love F 36:20 4-16 0-5 0-2 +16 1 13 14 1 2 2 1 0 2 8
T. Thompson C 34:39 4-7 0-0 1-6 +4 2 5 7 0 1 1 0 1 1 9
J. Smith G 25:40 4-11 1-6 2-2 +5 0 2 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 11
M. Dellavedova G 29:15 1-5 0-1 2-2 +16 1 6 7 5 2 2 2 0 0 4
M. Williams   18:45 3-4 0-0 1-2 -10 0 1 1 4 2 1 3 0 0 7
R. Jefferson   12:36 0-1 0-1 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
I. Shumpert   31:04 7-13 2-5 0-0 -1 1 2 3 2 1 2 0 0 3 16
T. Mozgov   15:15 2-5 0-1 0-0 -3 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 4
J. Cunningham   01:52 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jones   00:11 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Kaun DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Varejao DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 38-86 4-22 13-22   9 35 44 17 16 12 12 3 6 93
  44.2% 18.2% 59.1%   team rebs: 7 total to: 12
Denver Nuggets (12-20)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
K. Papanikolaou F 21:55 0-3 0-2 0-0 -8 1 4 5 1 2 0 2 0 0 0
K. Faried F 27:54 4-8 0-0 1-2 +1 3 5 8 0 3 1 0 0 0 9
J. Lauvergne C 24:19 7-12 0-2 0-0 -15 3 4 7 3 1 1 4 0 0 14
G. Harris G 32:33 5-13 1-6 1-2 +1 1 6 7 2 2 2 2 0 0 12
J. Nelson G 23:52 0-6 0-1 0-0 -9 0 4 4 8 2 1 1 1 1 0
W. Barton   34:17 11-20 3-8 4-4 +1 0 7 7 1 0 0 3 2 0 29
D. Arthur   20:06 3-6 0-1 0-0 -7 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 2 0 6
N. Jokic   22:25 4-11 0-0 2-3 +4 2 5 7 1 6 1 2 1 1 10
R. Foye   25:28 3-9 1-3 0-0 +3 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 0 1 7
M. Miller   07:11 0-1 0-1 0-0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
J. Hickson DNP - Coach's Decision
E. Mudiay DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Nurkic DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 37-89 5-24 8-11   12 40 52 18 19 8 18 6 3 87
  41.6% 20.8% 72.7%   team rebs: 9 total to: 18

inactive

  • Cavaliers: Harris, Irving
  • Nuggets: Chandler, Gallinari

technical fouls

  • Cavaliers: --
  • Nuggets: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 2
  • Times Tied: 2

arena stats

  • Arena: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  • Officials: #9 Derrick Stafford, #34 Kevin Cutler, #60 James Williams
  • Attendance: 17523
  • Duration: 2:08
Cleveland Cavaliers (21-9) Denver Nuggets (12-20)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Lauvergne vs Thompson (Faried gains possession)
  11:37 Nelson Jump Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:36  
James Jump Shot: Missed  11:24  
Team Rebound  11:24  
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  11:20  
  11:19 Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:05 Lauvergne Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:02  
James Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Harris (1 ST)  10:59  
  10:49 Papanikolaou 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dellavedova Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:47  
James Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:30
[CLE 2-0]
 
Love Violation:Kicked Ball (J Williams)  10:19  
  10:05
[DEN 2-2]
Lauvergne Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Love Jump Bank Shot: Missed  09:45  
  09:44 Nelson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Thompson Foul: Personal (1 PF) (K Cutler)  09:39  
  09:28
[DEN 4-2]
Lauvergne Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Nelson (1 AST) 
James Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  09:12
[CLE 4-4]
 
  08:58 Harris 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dellavedova Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:57  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (1 AST)  08:50
[CLE 7-4]
 
  08:21 Faried Hook Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  08:20  
James Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  08:11  
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:09  
Love Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:07
[CLE 9-4]
 
  07:54 Nelson Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
  07:53 Faried Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:44 Lauvergne 3pt Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  07:43  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  07:29  
  07:28 Papanikolaou Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:21 Papanikolaou Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (1 TO) 
Team Timeout : Regular  07:21  
James 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (2 AST)  07:06
[CLE 12-4]
 
  06:48
[DEN 6-12]
Lauvergne Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  06:31  
Dellavedova Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:30  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  06:26  
  06:25 Faried Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  06:17
[DEN 8-12]
Harris Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  05:56  
Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  05:55  
Thompson Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS)  05:51
[CLE 14-8]
 
  05:30 Lauvergne Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dellavedova (1 ST) 
  05:29 Nelson Foul: Personal (1 PF) (J Williams) 
Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Williams  05:29  
James Substitution replaced by Jefferson  05:29  
  05:29 Papanikolaou Substitution replaced by Barton 
Love Hook Bank Shot: Missed  05:18  
Thompson Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  05:17  
Thompson Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:56
[CLE 16-8]
 
  04:42
[DEN 10-16]
Faried Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harris (1 AST) 
Love Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:23
[CLE 18-10]
 
  04:09
[DEN 12-18]
Faried Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Lauvergne (1 AST) 
Love Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed  03:51  
  03:51 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:41 Nelson Jump Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:39  
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  03:31  
  03:28 Faried Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  03:17 Lauvergne 3pt Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  03:16  
Thompson Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Missed  03:04  
  03:02 Nelson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:59
[DEN 14-18]
Barton Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nelson (2 AST) 
Williams Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  02:45
[CLE 20-14]
 
  02:45 Team Timeout : Regular 
Love Substitution replaced by Shumpert  02:45  
Thompson Substitution replaced by Mozgov  02:45  
Smith Substitution replaced by Cunningham  02:45  
  02:45 Faried Substitution replaced by Arthur 
  02:45 Lauvergne Substitution replaced by Jokic 
  02:34
[DEN 16-20]
Harris Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Jokic (1 AST) 
Mozgov Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST)  02:18
[CLE 22-16]
 
  01:56
[DEN 18-22]
Arthur Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nelson (3 AST) 
Williams Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  01:40
[CLE 24-18]
 
  01:31 Barton Jump Shot: Missed 
Shumpert Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:29  
Shumpert Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  01:20
[CLE 26-18]
 
  00:54.9 Harris 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:53.4  
  00:53.4 Nelson Substitution replaced by Foye 
Cunningham Substitution replaced by James  00:53.4  
Williams Foul: Offensive (1 PF) (K Cutler)  00:44.2  
Williams Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  00:44.2  
  00:34.5
[DEN 20-26]
Jokic Cutting Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Foye (1 AST) 
Mozgov Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (D Stafford)  00:34.5  
  00:34.5
[DEN 21-26]
Jokic Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Missed  00:14.9  
  00:14.8 Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:03.9 Barton Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (1 TO) 
Mozgov 3pt Shot: Missed  00:01.8  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (21-9) Denver Nuggets (12-20)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
James Driving Layup Shot: Missed  11:45  
  11:44 Foye Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:36 Jokic Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  11:24  
  11:23 Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  11:17
[DEN 23-26]
Jokic Cutting Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Foye (2 AST) 
Williams Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  10:59  
  10:46
[DEN 25-26]
Arthur Cutting Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Papanikolaou (1 AST) 
  10:30 Jokic Foul: Personal (1 PF) (J Williams) 
Williams Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  10:25
[CLE 28-25]
 
  09:57 Jokic Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:56 Papanikolaou Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Jefferson Foul: Personal (1 PF) (J Williams)  09:55  
Williams Substitution replaced by Dellavedova  09:55  
  09:42 Arthur Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:42  
Mozgov Alley Oop Layup shot: Missed  09:34  
  09:33 Jokic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:12 Foye 3pt Shot: Missed 
  09:11 Jokic Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:09 Jokic Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) 
Jefferson Substitution replaced by Love  09:09  
Mozgov Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST)  08:50
[CLE 30-25]
 
  08:27
[DEN 27-30]
Jokic Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Dellavedova Step Back Jump shot: Missed  08:04  
  08:01 Arthur Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:54 Papanikolaou Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Love (1 ST) 
  07:52 Jokic Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) (J Williams) 
  07:52  
Mozgov Substitution replaced by Thompson  07:52  
  07:52 Jokic Substitution replaced by Lauvergne 
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST)  07:39
[CLE 33-27]
 
  07:19 Lauvergne Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Shumpert (1 ST) 
Shumpert Layup Shot: Missed Block: Barton (1 BLK)  07:16  
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  07:15  
James Putback Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)  07:14
[CLE 35-27]
 
  06:56 Papanikolaou 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:55 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:52
[DEN 30-35]
Barton 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Lauvergne (2 AST) 
James Driving Dunk Shot: Made (11 PTS)  06:34
[CLE 37-30]
 
  06:34 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:23 Foye Jump Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  06:20  
James Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS)  06:04
[CLE 39-30]
 
  05:48 Barton 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:47  
James Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS)  05:34
[CLE 41-30]
 
  05:19 Lauvergne Jump Shot: Missed 
Thompson Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  05:18  
James Step Back Jump shot: Missed  05:11  
  05:08 Foye Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Dellavedova Foul: Personal (1 PF) (J Williams)  05:04  
  05:04 Arthur Substitution replaced by Faried 
  05:04 Papanikolaou Substitution replaced by Nelson 
  04:54
[DEN 32-41]
Barton Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Nelson (4 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:45  
James Substitution replaced by Smith  04:45  
Dellavedova Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:35
[CLE 43-32]
 
  04:17 Barton 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:16  
Shumpert Running Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST)  04:10
[CLE 45-32]
 
  03:58 Foye Floating Jump shot: Missed 
  03:57 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  03:53
[DEN 34-45]
Lauvergne Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Dellavedova Floating Jump shot: Missed  03:45  
Team Rebound  03:44  
  03:44 Faried Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) (K Cutler) 
  03:44 Foye Substitution replaced by Harris 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  03:29  
  03:28 Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:13
[DEN 36-45]
Lauvergne Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Harris (2 AST) 
Shumpert Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Smith (3 AST)  02:57
[CLE 47-36]
 
  02:43 Harris 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dellavedova Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  02:43  
Love Running Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (3 AST)  02:38
[CLE 49-36]
 
  02:38 Team Timeout : Short 
  02:12 Barton Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:11 Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  02:07 Faried Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Dellavedova Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  02:07  
Love Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Harris (2 ST)  02:03  
Smith Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) (D Stafford)  02:01  
Dellavedova Foul: Personal (2 PF) (D Stafford)  01:55  
Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Williams  01:55  
  01:42 Faried Cutting Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:39 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  01:39 Lauvergne Tip Layup Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  01:37  
Love Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Williams (2 AST)  01:26
[CLE 51-36]
 
  01:16 Nelson Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
  01:15 Team Rebound 
Love Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) (2 FTA) (K Cutler)  01:15  
  01:15 Faried Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:15 Team Rebound 
  01:15
[DEN 37-51]
Faried Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Missed  01:01  
  01:00 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  00:41.2
[DEN 39-51]
Harris Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Williams Jump Shot: Missed  00:26.9  
  00:25.8 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  00:04.9
[DEN 42-51]
Barton 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Nelson (5 AST) 
Shumpert Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  00:00.3
[CLE 53-42]
 
End of 2nd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (21-9) Denver Nuggets (12-20)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Thompson Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (4 AST)  11:38
[CLE 55-42]
 
  11:38 Nelson Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (D Stafford) 
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  11:38  
  11:36 Papanikolaou Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  11:19
[DEN 44-55]
Faried Hook Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Lauvergne (3 AST) 
  11:02 Faried Foul: Personal (2 PF) (J Williams) 
Dellavedova Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Faried (1 ST)  10:52  
  10:46 Faried Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
Dellavedova Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  10:46  
Thompson Hook Shot: Missed  10:26  
  10:26 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  10:04 Harris Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST) 
  10:02 Papanikolaou Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) (D Stafford) 
James Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  09:55  
  09:55 Papanikolaou Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  09:44 Nelson Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Thompson (1 BLK) 
  09:43 Team Rebound 
  09:30 Harris Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:29 Faried Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  09:28
[DEN 46-55]
Faried Putback Dunk Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
  09:12 Papanikolaou Foul: Personal (2 PF) (K Cutler) 
James Foul: Offensive (1 PF) (D Stafford)  09:09  
James Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  09:09  
  08:59 Lauvergne Turnover : Offensive Goaltending (3 TO) 
  08:45 Faried Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS)  08:45
[CLE 56-46]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  08:45
[CLE 57-46]
 
  08:23 Lauvergne Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (4 TO) 
James Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS)  08:11
[CLE 59-46]
 
  07:58 Harris Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Thompson (1 ST) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  07:52  
  07:50 Harris Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:37 Harris 3pt Shot: Missed 
Thompson Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  07:36  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  07:28  
  07:27 Nelson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:19 Nelson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dellavedova Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  07:17  
James Running Dunk Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (5 AST)  07:16
[CLE 61-46]
 
  07:16 Team Timeout : Regular 
Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Williams  07:16  
  07:04 Harris Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:03  
Thompson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Nelson (1 BLK)  06:56  
  06:55 Papanikolaou Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  06:50 Papanikolaou Running Layup Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)  06:50  
James Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Nelson (1 ST)  06:44  
  06:38
[DEN 49-61]
Harris 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Nelson (6 AST) 
Smith Floating Jump shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Love (1 AST)  06:19
[CLE 63-49]
 
  05:57
[DEN 51-63]
Lauvergne Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Nelson (7 AST) 
Love Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed  05:34  
  05:33 Nelson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:19
[DEN 53-63]
Lauvergne Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Nelson (8 AST) 
Williams Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Lauvergne (1 ST)  05:04  
  04:49 Nelson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST) 
  04:48 Lauvergne Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) (2 FTA) (J Williams) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  04:48
[CLE 64-53]
 
  04:48 Lauvergne Substitution replaced by Jokic 
  04:48 Papanikolaou Substitution replaced by Barton 
Love Substitution replaced by Mozgov  04:48  
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  04:48
[CLE 65-53]
 
  04:31 Jokic Hook Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:30  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  04:19  
  04:19 Team Rebound 
  04:19 Nelson Substitution replaced by Foye 
Smith Substitution replaced by Shumpert  04:19  
  04:09
[DEN 55-65]
Jokic Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Mozgov Jump Shot: Missed  03:41  
  03:40 Faried Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  03:31 Jokic Cutting Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:29 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  03:16
[DEN 57-65]
Barton Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Williams (3 AST)  02:54
[CLE 68-57]
 
  02:45 Barton Jump Shot: Missed 
Thompson Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  02:44  
James Layup Shot: Missed  02:39  
Mozgov Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:38  
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Missed  02:32  
James Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  02:32  
James Jump Shot: Missed  02:18  
  02:17 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Mozgov Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) (J Williams)  02:16  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:16  
  02:16 Faried Substitution replaced by Arthur 
James Substitution replaced by Jefferson  02:16  
Thompson Substitution replaced by Smith  02:16  
  02:08 Harris Jump Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  02:07  
Shumpert Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Missed Block: Jokic (1 BLK)  01:49  
Shumpert Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  01:46  
Jefferson 3pt Shot: Missed  01:40  
  01:39 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  01:33
[DEN 59-68]
Barton Pullup Jump shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Smith Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS)  01:06
[CLE 70-59]
 
Williams Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford)  01:04  
  01:04 Harris Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:04 Team Rebound 
  01:04
[DEN 60-70]
Harris Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  00:49.9  
  00:48.9 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  00:33.8
[DEN 62-70]
Barton Driving Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Smith Floating Jump shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Williams (4 AST)  00:12.2
[CLE 72-62]
 
  00:00.2 Harris 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Quarter
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  11:51 Arthur 3pt Shot: Missed 
  11:50 Miller Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  11:48 Miller Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Williams (1 ST) 
Shumpert Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Barton (2 BLK)  11:39  
  11:39 Team Rebound 
  11:26 Jokic Jump Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  11:25  
  11:05 Foye Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (K Cutler) 
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  11:05  
Team Rebound  11:05  
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  11:05
[CLE 73-62]
 
Mozgov Foul: Personal (3 PF) (J Williams)  10:54  
Mozgov Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford)  10:46  
  10:46 Jokic Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  10:46 Team Rebound 
  10:46
[DEN 63-73]
Jokic Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Love Layup Shot: Missed Block: Arthur (1 BLK)  10:30  
  10:28 Jokic Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  10:21 Barton 3pt Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:9)  10:21  
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  10:06  
  10:04 Jokic Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  10:00 Foye Layup Shot: Missed Block: Jefferson (1 BLK) 
  10:00 Team Rebound 
Williams Substitution replaced by Dellavedova  10:00  
Jefferson Substitution replaced by James  10:00  
  09:52 Jokic Jump Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:10)  09:49  
James Jump Shot: Made (23 PTS)  09:42
[CLE 75-63]
 
  09:27 Miller Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Shumpert (2 ST) 
Shumpert Running Dunk Shot: Made (16 PTS)  09:24
[CLE 77-63]
 
  09:24 Team Timeout : Regular 
  09:10 Arthur Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:09 Jokic Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  08:58 Arthur Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dellavedova (2 ST) 
Mozgov Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) Steal:Jokic (1 ST)  08:56  
  08:55
[DEN 65-77]
Foye Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Love Jump Shot: Missed  08:31  
  08:30 Jokic Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
Love Foul: Personal (2 PF) (D Stafford)  08:26  
Mozgov Substitution replaced by Thompson  08:26  
Shumpert Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (J Williams)  08:09  
  08:09
[DEN 66-77]
Barton Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS) 
  08:09
[DEN 67-77]
Barton Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS) 
Dellavedova Jump Shot: Missed  07:45  
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  07:44  
  07:43 Foye Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Williams) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (24 PTS)  07:43
[CLE 78-67]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  07:43  
  07:41 Arthur Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:27
[DEN 69-78]
Foye Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Missed  07:04  
  07:04 Foye Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:00 Foye Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Love (2 ST) 
  06:57 Jokic Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (25 PTS)  06:57
[CLE 79-69]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (26 PTS)  06:57
[CLE 80-69]
 
  06:40
[DEN 71-80]
Barton Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) 
James Jump Shot: Made (28 PTS)  06:25
[CLE 82-71]
 
  06:08 Jokic Layup Shot: Missed 
  06:06 Arthur Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  06:06
[DEN 73-82]
Arthur Tip Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Love Layup Shot: Missed Block: Arthur (2 BLK)  05:56  
  05:55 Jokic Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  05:44 Jokic Jump Shot: Missed Block: James (1 BLK) 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:11)  05:42  
Team Timeout : Regular  05:41  
Thompson Reverse Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Shumpert (1 AST)  05:34
[CLE 84-73]
 
  05:34 Arthur Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (D Stafford) 
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  05:34  
  05:32 Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:14 Miller 3pt Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:12)  05:14  
James Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Arthur (1 ST)  05:02  
  04:53 Foye 3pt Shot: Missed 
Thompson Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  04:50  
  04:49 Miller Substitution replaced by Harris 
  04:49 Jump Ball Jokic vs Thompson (James gains possession) 
  04:29 Jokic Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) (J Williams) 
Love Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:29  
Team Rebound  04:29  
Love Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  04:29  
  04:27 Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  04:05 Barton Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Shumpert Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:04  
  03:51 Jokic Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA) (J Williams) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (29 PTS)  03:51
[CLE 85-73]
 
  03:51 Arthur Substitution replaced by Faried 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (30 PTS)  03:51
[CLE 86-73]
 
  03:38 Foye Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
Thompson Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  03:37  
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  03:28  
  03:28 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  03:22
[DEN 75-86]
Barton Driving Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) 
  03:07 Harris Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) (2 FTA) (J Williams) 
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  03:07
[CLE 87-75]
 
Thompson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  03:07  
  03:06 Faried Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
  02:47
[DEN 78-87]
Barton 3pt Shot: Made (25 PTS) 
  02:40 Harris Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) (2 FTA) (K Cutler) 
  02:40  
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:40  
Team Rebound  02:40  
Thompson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:40  
  02:38 Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  02:28 Barton 3pt Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:13)  02:26  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:23  
Thompson Substitution replaced by Smith  02:23  
James Jump Shot: Missed  02:04  
  02:03 Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  02:00 Barton Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:James (1 ST) 
James Reverse Dunk Shot: Made (32 PTS) Assist: Shumpert (2 AST)  01:56
[CLE 89-78]
 
  01:56 Team Timeout : Short 
Smith Substitution replaced by Thompson  01:56  
  01:45 Barton 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  01:45  
James Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford)  01:27  
James Turnover : Foul (5 TO)  01:27  
  01:27
[DEN 79-89]
Barton Free Throw 1 of 2 (26 PTS) 
Thompson Substitution replaced by Jones  01:27  
  01:27
[DEN 80-89]
Barton Free Throw 2 of 2 (27 PTS) 
  01:16 Jokic Foul: Personal Take (6 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford) 
  01:16 Jokic Substitution replaced by Papanikolaou 
Dellavedova Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  01:16
[CLE 90-80]
 
Jones Substitution replaced by Smith  01:16  
Dellavedova Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  01:16
[CLE 91-80]
 
  01:16 Team Timeout : Regular 
Love Substitution replaced by Thompson  01:16  
  01:15 Barton Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:James (2 ST) 
James Running Dunk Shot: Made (34 PTS)  01:12
[CLE 93-80]
 
James Violation:Defensive Goaltending (K Cutler)  01:04  
  01:04
[DEN 82-93]
Barton Driving Layup Shot: Made (29 PTS) 
Dellavedova Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Foye (1 ST)  00:43.9  
  00:31.4
[DEN 85-93]
Foye 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Barton (1 AST) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  00:05.9  
  00:05.4 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  00:01.1
[DEN 87-93]
Harris Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
CLE
1st Central
57
25
6-4
33-8
24-17
DEN
4th Northwest
33
49
3-7
18-23
15-26
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
CLE
James 29.7
Love 13.0
James 8.9
James 2.3
James 3.0
DEN
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