Box Score: Nuggets 98, Cavaliers 91

You turn the page, but the ink’s soaked through again. The Cavaliers played a truly excellent first half tonight in a tough place to win, but they fell back to earth in the second half and gave the game away late with some defensive lapses and offensive stagnancy as the Nuggets held on 98-91 in the Pepsi Center. Kyrie Irving led the charge with 28 points, 7 assists, and 5 steals while playing with the flu that caused him to miss shootaround earlier today. Dion Waiters added 18 points, and Tristan Thompson had a nice first quarter and finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds. For Denver, Kosta Koufos consistently found open holes in the defense and gashed them for a career-high 21 points. Danilo Gallinari added 23 points, including the 3-point dagger to put the Nuggets up five in the final minute. The Cavaliers held a 11-point halftime lead but scored just 35 points in the second half. The Cavaliers are now 9-29 after dropping game one of the five-game West Coast swing and head to Los Angeles where they’ll face the Lakers on Sunday night.

Cleveland

Starters

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Kyrie IrvingG38:3911-262-94-5-41371502228
C.J. MilesG33:134-101-72-3-40703000511
Tyler ZellerC33:221-60-00-0-12381223142
Tristan ThompsonF36:138-130-00-0-124701203516
Alonzo GeeF20:381-70-20-2-5020220052

Bench

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3Pt

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Totals37-855-2412-161035121514473091
Percentages.435.208.750Team Rebounds: 9
Dion Waiters29:086-131-35-5-80011101318
Luke Walton23:003-41-21-1+10041310048
Shaun Livingston22:223-60-10-00132211026
Kevin Jones3:260-00-00-00110000000
Omri CasspiDNP – Coach’s Decision
Daniel GibsonDNP – Coach’s Decision
Jon LeuerDNP – Coach’s Decision
Jeremy PargoDNP – Coach’s Decision
Anderson VarejaoDNP – Inactive

Denver

Starters

Pos

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

Andre IguodalaG40:345-111-42-3+951144100113
Ty LawsonG34:083-110-17-10+101586001213
Kosta KoufosC34:3610-170-01-1+123600111321
Kenneth FariedF33:256-70-05-7+331103000417
Danilo GallinariF31:188-133-64-4+80724000423

Bench

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3Pt

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Totals36-824-1622-31195624224742198
Percentages.439.250.710Team Rebounds: 7
Andre Miller22:504-100-10-0+5355310128
Corey Brewer16:140-60-30-0-6024110140
JaVale McGee11:350-40-02-4-5470003012
Timofey Mozgov7:560-10-01-2+2010003001
Evan Fournier7:230-20-10-0-3011100000
Wilson ChandlerDNP – Inactive
Jordan HamiltonDNP – Coach’s Decision
Quincy MillerDNP – Inactive
Anthony RandolphDNP – Coach’s Decision
Julyan StoneDNP – Coach’s Decision

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Team net points while player in game

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Turnovers

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Personal Fouls

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Blocked Shots

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Blocks Against