NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Denver
(Monday, November 12th)
Final Score: Denver 122, Cleveland 100
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson scored 37 points and had eight assists, as the Denver Nuggets rolled over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 122-100, at the Pepsi Center.
J.R. Smith had 29 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 22 to go with nine rebounds as the Nuggets won their third straight. Marcus Camby had a team-high 12 boards, and Denver started a four-game homestand with a win.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 27 points, and Ira Newble contributed 17, but the team had its two-game winning streak snapped. Shannon Brown scored 12, and Dwayne Jones had 10 boards, but Cleveland lost its third in a row in Denver.
Denver went on a 14-4 run in the middle of the second quarter to gain a sizable lead, and extended it over the course of the final two-plus quarters with high-percentage shooting.
Holding a 26-22 lead with eight minutes to play in the second, Bobby Jones drove in for a layup to start the run. Iverson had a pair of layups in the stretch, and Smith had the highlight with an alley-oop dunk.
Meanwhile, James scored the only points for the Cavaliers, who then trailed 40-26 with 5:25 left in the first half. The Nuggets sustained a double-digit lead for the rest of the second quarter, and went into halftime leading, 58-43, after Smith hit a three for the final basket.
Denver, which shot 55 percent from the field, including 12-of-22 from three- point territory, continued with the hot hand in the second half. The Nuggets opened up a 20-point lead a few minutes in and, for the most part, sustained that margin.
The Nuggets' lead got as high as 27 a few times late in the third, including when Iverson hit a pair of free throws with 2:14 left. They made it an 88-61 contest, a lead that only dwindled down to 20 at the end of three quarters, with Iverson being a big proponent in every stanza.
"We played with a sense of urgency," Iverson said. "I was in a good rhythm tonight. The basket was like an ocean."
Cleveland, which shot only 41.9 percent and missed 17-of-38 free throws, couldn't get a rally going. Minus James, the Cavaliers' starters scored just 17 points.
Brown got his team off on the right foot in the fourth, hitting two straight jumpers. From there Newble made three straight field goals without a miss, and the team made 4-of-4 free throws.
But the Denver lead was too much, and with six minutes left both teams started to make substitutions off the bench.
"Denver did what they wanted on both ends of the floor," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said.
The game was close early on, when the Nuggets held just a 21-18 lead after one quarter. Anthony sank a finger-roll shot with one second to go, and had 10 points in the stanza, while Iverson had six.
Cleveland starts a three-game homestand Wednesday against Orlando...Denver continues its homestand Wednesday when Portland visits...The Nuggets outrebounded the Cavaliers under Cleveland's own glass, 39-17...Eric Snow, Donyell Marshall, Sasha Pavlovic, and Demetris Nichols didn't play for Cleveland.
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