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James has fans atwitter; Cavs top Denver 124-91 for division


By TOM WITHERS
Posted Mar 22 2016 9:26AM

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James gladly talked about another triple-double, another division championship and a resounding win - No. 50 this season for the Cavaliers.

His social media habits, though, were off limits.

James scored 33 points and recorded his 41st career triple-double night as Cleveland clinched its second straight Central Division title with a 124-91 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

James added 11 rebounds and 11 assists before checking out to a thunderous ovation from another sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. He scored 17 in the first quarter, helping the Cavs build a 19-point lead following an embarrassing loss on Saturday night in Miami.

"It was in the back of our minds, for sure," James said of the 122-101 drubbing against his former team. "You just can't erase a performance like that. No matter if it was our fifth game in seven nights, we just didn't bring it the way we should and tonight we responded very well."

But as James was piling up the statistics, the Internet was abuzz with reports that he had apparently unfollowed the Cavs' Twitter account earlier in the day. It was the latest off-the-court chatter surrounding James, who has posted mysterious messages in the past - and declined to speak with the media following the team's morning shootaround.

Asked if it was true he dropped (at)Cavs, James said, "Next question."

He was then asked if he and his teammates can carry this performance over.

"My mind," he said, shaking his head. "I'm done."

J.R. Smith added 15 points and Channing Frye 14 for Cleveland, which played without starter Kevin Love (illness).

Will Barton scored 27 for the Nuggets, who concluded a 1-4 road trip. Denver's Kenneth Faried missed his third straight game with a sore lower back.

Although his team battled back and briefly took the lead in the first half, Nuggets coach Mike Malone was disgusted with its second-half effort.

"It was embarrassing," Malone said. "An embarrassing effort. A very good team, obviously, a team that went to the finals, but I thought in the second half we quit. I haven't seen that from our team most of the year. I'm very disappointed with that. I did not like our effort, out focus, our intensity and our fight for 48 minutes."

The Cavs were playing for the first time since being battered by the Heat, who led by 33 in the fourth. It was a humiliating night for James, who sat out the final 12 minutes against his former team, and the loss raised more questions about Cleveland's chemistry and chances of returning to the NBA Finals.

James got the Cavs back on track and to 50 wins, a milestone he doesn't take lightly.

"Along the journey you never want to take things for granted and accomplishments that happen along the way," he said. "You've got to take it in. It's not given every year, obviously, that you can win a division title, win 50 games in a league where it's so hard to win. I've been fortunate to do it a few times so it's a great thing for our franchise and a great thing for our guys here and it's something that you can always talk about when you're done playing ball. It's a pretty cool thing."

MO TO GO

Cavaliers guard Mo Williams has been cleared to practice after missing nearly a month with an injured left knee. Williams, who has not played since Feb. 24, has been bothered by soreness in his knee for most of the season. He took part in Monday's shootaround and could play in games later this week.

FRYE'S THE GUY

Frye, who started in place of Love, continues to have a more prominent role.

"We have to continue to use him," Lue said. "We have a great roster, we have great bigs. Every night, he's going to play. Depending on how the flow of the game goes, he'll play more minutes."

TIP-INS

Nuggets: F JaKarr Sampson strained his left shoulder in the first half and didn't return. ... Malone spent five seasons as an assistant with the Cavaliers. He said Cleveland's run to the 2007 finals, which included James' epic performance in Game 5 of the conference semifinals at Detroit - he scored 28 of the Cavs' final 30 points - is his fondest memory. "One of the best performances by a player in postseason history," Malone said.

Cavaliers: The Cavs are 4-0 without Love, who has an unspecified illness. ... Cleveland has won at least 50 games nine times. ... James has scored 20 points or more in 16 straight games against Denver. ... The Cavs also won division titles in 1975-76, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2014-15.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Cavaliers: Host Milwaukee on Wednesday.


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DEN
CLE
     
    • 39.5%

    • 55.8%

    • 36.4%

    • 48.4%

    • 76.0%

    • 76.5%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
DEN CLE
Total Rebounds 35 43
Offensive Rebounds 10 8
Turnovers 16 12
Fast Break Pts: 8 20
Biggest Lead: 2 36
Points in the Paint: 38 58
DEN CLE
p Barton   27 James   33
rb Nurkic   7 James   11
a Augustin   5 James   11
s Jokic   3 Smith   4
b Nurkic   3 4 players   1
 
  • 12/29 - CLE 93 @ DEN 87
  • 03/21 - DEN 91 @ CLE 124
Denver Nuggets (29-42)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
J. Sampson F 10:09 1-3 0-0 0-0 -16 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
D. Arthur F 26:55 1-4 0-1 2-4 -13 2 3 5 3 3 0 1 0 0 4
N. Jokic C 22:36 4-12 0-1 3-3 -24 1 3 4 3 2 3 2 0 0 11
G. Harris G 34:19 4-12 1-6 2-2 -44 0 2 2 1 2 2 0 0 1 11
E. Mudiay G 26:27 1-11 1-3 2-2 -25 1 2 3 3 1 1 2 0 0 5
J. Nurkic   25:40 5-7 0-0 1-4 -13 2 5 7 3 3 1 4 3 0 11
D.J. Augustin   24:43 3-10 1-2 1-1 -7 0 2 2 5 0 1 1 0 1 8
J. Lauvergne   18:35 3-7 0-1 3-3 0 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 9
W. Barton   25:42 9-12 4-5 5-6 -4 1 3 4 1 2 2 4 0 0 27
A. Toupane   19:36 0-1 0-1 0-0 -14 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
M. Miller   05:18 1-2 1-2 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
K. Faried DND - Low Back Soreness
J. Nelson DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 32-81 8-22 19-25   10 25 35 19 16 10 16 4 4 91
  39.5% 36.4% 76.0%   team rebs: 10 total to: 17
Cleveland Cavaliers (50-20)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
L. James F 33:26 12-19 1-2 8-11 +38 3 8 11 11 2 0 3 0 1 33
C. Frye F 25:06 5-9 3-7 1-2 +20 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 1 0 14
T. Mozgov C 21:12 3-4 0-0 3-3 +26 2 2 4 0 1 2 2 0 0 9
J. Smith G 28:47 6-12 3-6 0-0 +21 1 3 4 5 3 4 1 0 0 15
K. Irving G 23:56 4-12 0-1 0-0 +6 1 1 2 3 1 0 2 0 2 8
T. Thompson   21:30 4-5 0-0 0-0 +2 1 6 7 1 3 2 0 1 1 8
M. Dellavedova   22:31 3-7 3-5 1-1 +20 0 3 3 7 2 0 0 0 0 10
J. Jones   08:15 2-2 2-2 0-0 +10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 6
I. Shumpert   23:08 2-4 1-2 0-0 +10 0 4 4 4 3 1 1 1 0 5
R. Jefferson   21:33 4-9 1-5 0-0 +2 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 0 0 9
J. McRae   05:18 1-1 1-1 0-0 +5 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3
S. Kaun   05:18 2-2 0-0 0-0 +5 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 4
K. Love DND - Illness
Total   240 48-86 15-31 13-17   8 35 43 38 19 10 12 4 4 124
  55.8% 48.4% 76.5%   team rebs: 9 total to: 13

inactive

  • Nuggets: Chandler, Gallinari
  • Cavaliers: Williams

technical fouls

  • Nuggets: --
  • Cavaliers: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 3
  • Times Tied: 1

arena stats

  • Arena: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  • Officials: #49 Tom Washington, #18 Matt Boland, #42 Eric Lewis
  • Attendance: 20562
  • Duration: 2:07
Denver Nuggets (29-42) Cleveland Cavaliers (50-20)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Mozgov vs Jokic (Frye gains possession)
  11:44 Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Jokic (1 ST) 
Sampson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Jokic (1 AST)  11:24
[DEN 2-0]
 
  11:03 Irving Step Back Bank Jump Shot: Missed 
  11:00 Irving Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  10:57 Frye 3pt Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:57  
Mudiay Driving Layup Shot: Missed  10:48  
  10:47 Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:39 Irving Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
  10:37 Mozgov Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  10:34 Mozgov Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Jokic (2 ST) 
Harris Layup Shot: Missed Block: Frye (1 BLK)  10:28  
  10:27 Mozgov Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  10:05 James Layup Shot: Missed 
  10:04 Mozgov Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  09:57
[CLE 2-2]
Smith Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Arthur Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  09:41  
  09:38 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:33
[CLE 5-2]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST) 
Jokic Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harris (1 AST)  09:09
[DEN 4-5]
 
  08:53
[CLE 8-4]
Frye 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST) 
Harris Floating Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Jokic (2 AST)  08:40
[DEN 6-8]
 
  08:26 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:26 Team Rebound 
Harris Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) (T Washington)  08:26  
  08:16 Mozgov Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) 
Jokic Jump Shot: Missed  08:05  
  08:05 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:57 Mozgov Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:54 James Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:54
[CLE 10-6]
James Tip Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Harris 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Arthur (1 AST)  07:45
[DEN 9-10]
 
  07:24
[CLE 12-9]
Irving Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Jokic 3pt Shot: Missed  07:08  
Sampson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  07:08  
  07:05 Smith Foul: Personal (1 PF) (T Washington) 
  06:55 Mozgov Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Arthur Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  06:55  
Team Rebound  06:55  
Arthur Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  06:55  
Team Rebound  06:54  
Mudiay Jump Shot: Missed  06:41  
  06:41 Team Rebound 
  06:16
[CLE 14-9]
James Driving Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Jokic Hook Shot: Missed  05:57  
  05:55 Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:50 Irving Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Jokic (3 ST) 
Harris Running Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Arthur (2 AST)  05:44
[DEN 11-14]
 
  05:27
[CLE 16-11]
Frye Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Irving (1 AST) 
Mudiay Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (1 TO)  05:08  
  05:08 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:54
[CLE 19-11]
Frye 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST) 
Mudiay Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST)  04:44  
Mudiay Foul: Personal (1 PF) (T Washington)  04:44  
  04:44 Mozgov Substitution replaced by Thompson 
Jokic Substitution replaced by Nurkic  04:44  
  04:44 Irving Substitution replaced by Dellavedova 
Sampson Foul: Personal (1 PF) (M Boland)  04:34  
Nurkic Foul: Defense 3 Second (0 PF) (M Boland)  04:24  
  04:24
[CLE 20-11]
Dellavedova Free Throw Technical (1 PTS) 
  04:11
[CLE 22-11]
James Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:10  
Nurkic Turnaround Bank Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:50
[DEN 13-22]
 
Nurkic Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington)  03:34  
  03:34
[CLE 23-13]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Mudiay Substitution replaced by Augustin  03:34  
  03:34 Frye Substitution replaced by Jones 
  03:34 James Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:33  
Sampson Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  03:16  
  03:15 Thompson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:04 Dellavedova Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:02 Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:58
[CLE 26-13]
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Thompson (1 AST) 
  02:43 Thompson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington) 
Nurkic Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:43  
Team Rebound  02:43  
Arthur Substitution replaced by Lauvergne  02:43  
  02:43 Smith Substitution replaced by Shumpert 
Nurkic Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:43  
  02:42 James Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:31 James Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Nurkic (1 ST) 
Lauvergne Jump Shot: Missed Block: Jones (1 BLK)  02:18  
Lauvergne Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:16  
Sampson Cutting Layup Shot: Missed Block: Shumpert (1 BLK)  02:13  
  02:11 Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  02:02
[CLE 28-13]
Thompson Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (3 AST) 
Augustin Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Thompson (1 BLK)  01:51  
  01:51 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Harris Foul: Clear Path (2 PF) (2 FTA) (M Boland)  01:51  
Sampson Substitution replaced by Barton  01:51  
  01:51
[CLE 29-13]
James Free Throw Clear Path 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  01:51
[CLE 30-13]
James Free Throw Clear Path 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  01:42 James Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:41 James Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  01:38
[CLE 32-13]
James Putback Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Augustin Jump Shot: Missed  01:15  
Team Rebound  01:14  
Harris Substitution replaced by Arthur  01:14  
Augustin Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  01:05
[DEN 15-32]
 
  01:05 Dellavedova Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Augustin Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS)  01:05
[DEN 16-32]
 
  00:43.4 Thompson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Nurkic (1 BLK) 
Lauvergne Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:43.4  
  00:43.4 Shumpert Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Lauvergne Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  00:43.4
[DEN 17-32]
 
Lauvergne Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  00:43.4
[DEN 18-32]
 
  00:37.3
[CLE 34-18]
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Arthur Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (E Lewis)  00:37.3  
  00:37.3
[CLE 35-18]
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (14 PTS) 
  00:32.5 Shumpert Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) (M Boland) 
Barton Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  00:32.5
[DEN 19-35]
 
Barton Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  00:32.5
[DEN 20-35]
 
  00:17.2
[CLE 38-20]
James 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (2 AST) 
Augustin 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS)  00:00.0
[DEN 23-38]
 
End of 1st Quarter
Denver Nuggets (29-42) Cleveland Cavaliers (50-20)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Barton Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Nurkic (1 AST)  11:46
[DEN 25-38]
 
  11:23
[CLE 41-25]
Jefferson 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Shumpert (1 AST) 
Barton Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  11:07  
Toupane Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  11:05  
Toupane 3pt Shot: Missed  10:57  
Barton Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  10:56  
  10:56 Irving Foul: Personal (1 PF) (E Lewis) 
  10:49 Jefferson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington) 
Nurkic Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  10:49  
Team Rebound  10:49  
Nurkic Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  10:49
[DEN 26-41]
 
  10:36 Irving Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Augustin (1 ST) 
  10:32 Jefferson Violation:Kicked Ball (T Washington) 
Barton Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  10:25
[DEN 28-41]
 
  10:10 Irving Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Toupane (1 BLK) 
Team Rebound  10:10  
Lauvergne Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  09:53
[DEN 30-41]
 
  09:39 Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Missed 
Barton Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  09:38  
Lauvergne Hook Shot: Missed  09:30  
  09:28 Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
Barton Foul: Personal (1 PF) (T Washington)  09:22  
  09:07 Dellavedova Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:06  
  09:02 Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Smith 
Nurkic Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  08:53  
  08:53  
  08:39 Jefferson Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO) 
Nurkic Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (2 TO)  08:30  
  08:18 Irving Jump Shot: Missed Block: Nurkic (2 BLK) 
Augustin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:17  
Barton Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Augustin (1 AST)  08:10
[DEN 32-41]
 
  07:53 Jefferson Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Barton (1 ST) 
Augustin 3pt Shot: Missed  07:43  
  07:43 Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  07:29 Irving Jump Shot: Missed 
Lauvergne Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  07:29  
Barton Pullup Jump shot: Made (10 PTS)  07:20
[DEN 34-41]
 
  07:20 Jefferson Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (E Lewis) 
  07:20 Irving Substitution replaced by Dellavedova 
  07:20 Shumpert Substitution replaced by Frye 
Barton Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS)  07:20
[DEN 35-41]
 
  06:59 Frye 3pt Shot: Missed 
Toupane Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:59  
Nurkic Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Augustin (2 AST)  06:35
[DEN 37-41]
 
  06:16 Smith Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Barton Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:14  
Lauvergne 3pt Shot: Missed  06:04  
Nurkic Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:04  
Nurkic Tip Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  06:03
[DEN 39-41]
 
  06:01 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:01 Jefferson Substitution replaced by James 
  05:43 James Jump Shot: Missed Block: Nurkic (3 BLK) 
Augustin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:42  
Barton 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Augustin (3 AST)  05:34
[DEN 42-41]
 
  05:16 James Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Barton Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  05:13  
  05:06 Frye Foul: Defense 3 Second (0 PF) (E Lewis) 
Barton Free Throw Technical (15 PTS)  05:06
[DEN 43-41]
 
  05:06 Thompson Substitution replaced by Mozgov 
Augustin Jump Shot: Missed  04:53  
Team Rebound  04:52  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  04:52  
Toupane Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington)  04:41  
  04:41 James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:41 Team Rebound 
  04:41
[CLE 42-43]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS) 
Barton Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Mozgov (1 ST)  04:32  
  04:27
[CLE 44-43]
James Running Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST) 
Nurkic Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (M Boland)  04:27  
  04:27
[CLE 45-43]
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (21 PTS) 
  04:18 Dellavedova Foul: Personal (2 PF) (T Washington) 
  04:16 Smith Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) (M Boland) 
Barton Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:16  
Team Rebound  04:16  
Barton Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS)  04:16
[DEN 44-45]
 
  04:03
[CLE 47-44]
Mozgov Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (3 AST) 
Augustin Jump Shot: Missed  03:49  
  03:48 Dellavedova Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:44
[CLE 49-44]
Smith Running Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (4 AST) 
Augustin Layup Shot: Missed  03:18  
  03:17 James Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
Nurkic Substitution replaced by Jokic  03:11  
  03:00 Frye 3pt Shot: Missed 
Toupane Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  02:59  
Lauvergne Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST)  02:51  
  02:44
[CLE 52-44]
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Smith (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:43  
Lauvergne Substitution replaced by Harris  02:43  
Toupane Substitution replaced by Arthur  02:43  
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  02:20  
  02:19 Dellavedova Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:15 James Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Harris (1 ST) 
Harris Jump Bank Shot: Missed  02:07  
  02:05 Dellavedova Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:55
[CLE 54-44]
Mozgov Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Frye (1 AST) 
Arthur Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Jokic (3 AST)  01:35
[DEN 46-54]
 
  01:16 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Jokic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:16  
Arthur 3pt Shot: Missed  01:06  
  01:06 Team Rebound 
  01:05 Smith Substitution replaced by Shumpert 
Jokic Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington)  00:54.1  
  00:54.1
[CLE 55-46]
Mozgov Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  00:54.1 Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Jefferson 
  00:54.1
[CLE 56-46]
Mozgov Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Jokic Hook Shot: Missed  00:33.9  
Arthur Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:31.9  
Jokic Jump Shot: Missed  00:23.9  
Arthur Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  00:22.9  
Barton Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Augustin (4 AST)  00:01.4
[DEN 48-56]
 
End of 2nd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (29-42) Cleveland Cavaliers (50-20)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Nurkic Jump Shot: Missed  11:37  
  11:36 Team Rebound 
  11:18 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Jokic Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:16  
Nurkic Hook Shot: Made (9 PTS)  11:04
[DEN 50-56]
 
  10:55 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  10:54  
  10:48 Mozgov Violation:Kicked Ball (E Lewis) 
Jokic Hook Shot: Missed  10:39  
  10:37 Mozgov Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  10:29 Irving 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  10:28  
Jokic Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (3 ST)  10:15  
Jokic Foul: Personal (2 PF) (T Washington)  10:15  
  10:01
[CLE 59-50]
Frye 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Smith (4 AST) 
Nurkic Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Mozgov (2 ST)  09:47  
  09:40
[CLE 61-50]
James Running Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Smith (5 AST) 
Mudiay Jump Shot: Missed  09:14  
  09:14 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:08
[CLE 63-50]
Frye Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: James (4 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:08  
Jokic Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Smith (4 ST)  08:52  
Nurkic Violation:Kicked Ball (E Lewis)  08:38  
  08:30
[CLE 66-50]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Irving (2 AST) 
Jokic Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Nurkic (2 AST)  08:15
[DEN 52-66]
 
  07:53 Frye 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  07:52  
Nurkic Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Mudiay (1 AST)  07:44
[DEN 54-66]
 
  07:23 James Jump Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  07:23  
  07:17 James Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Jokic Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  07:17
[DEN 55-66]
 
Jokic Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  07:17
[DEN 56-66]
 
  06:57 Smith Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:56 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Nurkic Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis)  06:42  
  06:42 Frye Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:42 Team Rebound 
  06:42
[CLE 67-56]
Frye Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Jokic Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  06:24
[DEN 58-67]
 
  06:24 Frye Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Jokic Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS)  06:24
[DEN 59-67]
 
  06:02
[CLE 69-59]
Mozgov Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: James (5 AST) 
Arthur Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (T Washington)  06:02  
  06:02
[CLE 70-59]
Mozgov Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS) 
Nurkic Step Back Jump shot: Missed  05:44  
  05:43 Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  05:33
[CLE 72-59]
Irving Driving Floating Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: James (6 AST) 
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  05:20  
  05:20 James Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  05:09
[CLE 75-59]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Frye (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  05:09  
Jokic Substitution replaced by Barton  05:09  
Mudiay Step Back Jump shot: Missed  04:51  
  04:51 James Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  04:46 James Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Barton (2 ST) 
  04:43 Frye Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington) 
Mudiay Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  04:43
[DEN 60-75]
 
Mudiay Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  04:43
[DEN 61-75]
 
  04:31
[CLE 77-61]
Irving Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: James (7 AST) 
Arthur Jump Shot: Missed  04:13  
Nurkic Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  04:13  
Mudiay 3pt Shot: Missed  04:07  
  04:06 James Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  04:01
[CLE 79-61]
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (25 PTS) 
Barton Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (T Washington)  04:01  
Nurkic Substitution replaced by Lauvergne  04:01  
  04:01
[CLE 80-61]
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (26 PTS) 
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  03:40  
Mudiay Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  03:39  
Barton 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Mudiay (2 AST)  03:35
[DEN 64-80]
 
  03:28 Smith Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Mudiay Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  03:25  
Barton Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO)  03:10  
  03:10 Team Timeout : Regular 
  03:10 Mozgov Substitution replaced by Thompson 
Harris Substitution replaced by Augustin  03:10  
  02:56
[CLE 82-64]
Irving Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
  02:40 Thompson Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Arthur Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  02:40
[DEN 65-82]
 
  02:40 James Substitution replaced by Jefferson 
  02:40 Frye Substitution replaced by Shumpert 
Arthur Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  02:40
[DEN 66-82]
 
  02:29 Irving Jump Shot: Missed 
Lauvergne Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  02:28  
Barton 3pt Shot: Made (24 PTS)  02:18
[DEN 69-82]
 
  02:00
[CLE 84-69]
Smith Floating Jump shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Jefferson (1 AST) 
Lauvergne Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Barton (1 AST)  01:44
[DEN 71-84]
 
  01:44 Smith Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Arthur Substitution replaced by Toupane  01:44  
Lauvergne Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS)  01:44
[DEN 72-84]
 
  01:31
[CLE 87-72]
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Irving (3 AST) 
Mudiay Jump Shot: Missed  01:14  
  01:13 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  01:04 Irving Driving Floating Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:04  
  01:04 Smith Substitution replaced by Dellavedova 
Barton 3pt Shot: Missed  00:49.9  
  00:49.2 Irving Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  00:25.3 Shumpert 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:25.3 Team Rebound 
  00:25.3 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Lauvergne Hook Shot: Missed  00:01.9  
  00:01.8 Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  00:00.0 Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Quarter
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  11:35
[CLE 89-72]
Jefferson Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: James (8 AST) 
Barton Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (3 TO)  11:13  
  11:07
[CLE 91-72]
James Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (28 PTS) Assist: Jefferson (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  11:07  
Lauvergne Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (9 PTS)  10:48
[DEN 74-91]
 
  10:24 James Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  10:24  
Barton Pullup Jump shot: Missed  10:13  
  10:12 James Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
Toupane Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington)  10:09  
  10:09 James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  10:09 Team Rebound 
  10:09
[CLE 92-74]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (29 PTS) 
Barton Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (4 TO)  09:59  
  09:47
[CLE 94-74]
James Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (31 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (5 AST) 
Augustin Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Thompson (1 ST)  09:34  
  09:26
[CLE 97-74]
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: James (9 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:26  
Lauvergne Substitution replaced by Nurkic  09:26  
Toupane Substitution replaced by Arthur  09:26  
Augustin Cutting Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Nurkic (3 AST)  09:07
[DEN 76-97]
 
  08:45 Jefferson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:45 James Rebound (Off:3 Def:8) 
Arthur Foul: Personal Block (3 PF) (T Washington)  08:40  
  08:28
[CLE 99-76]
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (33 PTS) 
Nurkic Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Shumpert (1 ST)  08:10  
  08:00 Jefferson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  07:58  
Barton 3pt Shot: Made (27 PTS) Assist: Augustin (5 AST)  07:49
[DEN 79-99]
 
  07:33
[CLE 101-79]
Thompson Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (6 AST) 
Harris Running Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Arthur (3 AST)  07:16
[DEN 81-101]
 
  06:55 Jefferson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Harris Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:53  
Arthur Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Thompson (2 ST)  06:44  
  06:36
[CLE 103-81]
Jefferson Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: James (10 AST) 
Augustin Jump Shot: Missed  06:11  
  06:10 Jefferson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:02
[CLE 105-81]
Jefferson Running Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: James (11 AST) 
  06:01 James Foul: Personal (2 PF) (E Lewis) 
Arthur Substitution replaced by Toupane  06:01  
Augustin Substitution replaced by Mudiay  06:01  
  05:55 James Substitution replaced by Smith 
  05:52 Thompson Foul: Personal (3 PF) (M Boland) 
Mudiay Jump Shot: Missed  05:44  
  05:44 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  05:34
[CLE 107-81]
Thompson Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Shumpert (2 AST) 
Harris Driving Layup Shot: Missed  05:23  
  05:21 Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  05:18
[CLE 109-81]
Thompson Running Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (7 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:18  
  05:18 Smith Substitution replaced by McRae 
  05:18 Thompson Substitution replaced by Kaun 
Nurkic Substitution replaced by Miller  05:18  
Barton Substitution replaced by Jokic  05:18  
Jokic Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed  04:53  
  04:52 Shumpert Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:41 Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Jones 
  04:32
[CLE 112-81]
Jones 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Kaun (1 AST) 
Mudiay Jump Shot: Missed  04:22  
Jokic Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:21  
Jokic Putback Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  04:18
[DEN 83-112]
 
  04:03
[CLE 114-83]
Kaun Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: McRae (1 AST) 
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  03:50  
  03:50 Shumpert Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:43 Jefferson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Mudiay Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:42  
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  03:23  
  03:23 Jefferson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:13 Shumpert Jump Shot: Missed 
Harris Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:13  
  03:11 Shumpert Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Harris Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  03:11
[DEN 84-114]
 
Harris Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  03:11
[DEN 85-114]
 
  02:53 Shumpert Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Harris (2 ST) 
Mudiay Layup Shot: Missed  02:47  
  02:45 Shumpert Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:36
[CLE 116-85]
Kaun Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Shumpert (3 AST) 
Mudiay 3pt Shot: Missed  02:18  
  02:18 Shumpert Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:08
[CLE 119-85]
McRae 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Miller 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Mudiay (3 AST)  01:52
[DEN 88-119]
 
  01:31 Jefferson Driving Floating Jump Shot: Missed 
Jokic Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  01:30  
Jokic Jump Shot: Missed  01:15  
  01:15 Kaun Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:09 McRae Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Mudiay (1 ST) 
Miller 3pt Shot: Missed  01:00  
  00:59.8 Kaun Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:47.9
[CLE 122-88]
Jones 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Shumpert (4 AST) 
Miller Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Kaun (1 ST)  00:36.9  
  00:32.6
[CLE 124-88]
Shumpert Running Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: McRae (2 AST) 
Mudiay 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS)  00:23.2
[DEN 91-124]
 
End of 4th Quarter
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DEN
4th Northwest
33
49
3-7
18-23
15-26
CLE
1st Central
57
25
6-4
33-8
24-17
 
ppg
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DEN
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CLE
James 29.7
Love 13.0
James 8.9
James 2.3
James 3.0