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NBA Game Summary - Denver at Cleveland



(Wednesday, December 4th)

Final Score: Cleveland 98, Denver 88

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Tristan Thompson grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds on top of 17 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers took down the Denver Nuggets, 98-88, from Quicken Loans Arena.

Kyrie Irving netted a game-high 23 points for the Cavs, who won their second straight tilt for the first time this season.

Anderson Varejao contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds off the bench and Andrew Bynum scored 14 points one game after his season-high 20 in a win over Chicago.

"That's a really good team in the other locker room," said Cleveland head coach Mike Brown. "They've been playing some good basketball. We got a lot of good performances from a lot of different guys."

Randy Foye made three triples en route to 16 points to lead a balanced Denver attack, but the Nuggets had their seven-game winning streak snapped. J.J. Hickson registered a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards, while Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler deposited 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Cleveland got a boost from its bench in the opening quarter to assume a 31-24 lead after 12 minutes of play. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett scored all five of his points late in the period, and Jarrett Jack canned a triple 45 seconds before the buzzer.

The Cavs led by 12 multiple times throughout the second quarter but failed to put away the resilient Nuggets, who used a 10-2 charge -- which included leading scorer Ty Lawson's only bucket of the contest -- to close out the half and claw back within four at 56-52.

Hickson's alley-oop from Foye 1:44 into the second half had Cleveland's lead down to two, but Denver never found a way to get over the hump. Bynum scored three straight baskets at the rim around a Chandler jumper, and Irving's jumper had the lead at 66-59 midway through the period.

Varejao made two crucial mid-range jumpers to break up a potential Denver charge midway through the fourth. Thompson added four straight free throws to extend the lead to 90-77, and Cleveland's defense did the rest.

"You can't win a game when you give up 20 offensive rebounds like we did tonight," said Denver head coach Brian Shaw. "Their bigs just beat up on our bigs, is what it came down to."

Game Notes

Lawson shot 1-for-13 from the floor for a season-low four points. Lawson has reached double figures in every previous contest. He did, however, dish out 11 assists ... Cleveland outrebounded the Nuggets, 58-43 ... The Nuggets shot just 6-of-23 from 3-point range.

12/04 23:41:52 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
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Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Local
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
Final
SFG 1
LOS 2
Final
SDP 1
COL 3
Final
PIT 11
MIL 2
Final
WAS 0
STL 8
Final
TAM 2
NYY 10
Final
MIN 9
TOR 5
Final
CWS 1
BOS 3
Final
HOU 1
KAN 5
Final
NYR 4
PHI 1
3rd Intermission
STL 3
CHI 3
 
3rd
COL 2
MIN 4
 
2nd
SJS 3
LOS 0
 
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2