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Friday, February 11th (All times eastern)

Denver Nuggets (22-27) at Cleveland Cavaliers (28-19), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony stage their latest clash tonight when the Cleveland Cavaliers welcome the Denver Nuggets to Gund Arena.

James' Cavs seek their third consecutive victory this evening, as they are coming off home wins against Orlando and Toronto. On Tuesday, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who was named an All-Star reserve earlier in the day, scored 23 points while Jeff McInnis added 17 as Cleveland defeated Toronto, 104-91.

James collected 15 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, while Robert Traylor added 15 points and 13 boards for Cleveland, which shot a season-high 57 percent from the floor (45-of-78). Lucious Harris chipped in 11 for the Cavaliers, who improved to an Eastern Conference best 18-4 at home.

Cleveland, which missed the playoffs during James' rookie season, currently sits fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Cavaliers, who have won four straight at home, will host the LA Lakers on Sunday.

Anthony's Nuggets, meanwhile, had won five of the first six games under new head coach George Karl, but dropped a 98-92 contest in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Anthony led the way for Denver with 21 points and Kenyon Martin tallied 16 and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who are 5-2 since Karl took over on the bench. Earl Boykins contributed 19 points off the bench and Andre Miller ended with 10 points and 12 assists in the losing effort.

The Nuggets, who were a surprise entry into the postseason during Anthony's first year, are currently 11th in the Western Conference -- 3 1/2 games behind the No. 8 Lakers.

Denver, which has lost two straight on the road, began a five-game road swing Wednesday. The Nuggets will visit New Jersey on Sunday.

Cleveland defeated Denver, 92-73, at the Pepsi Center on December 2. James finished with 17 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to lead the win, while Anthony netted 14 points in defeat.

The Cavaliers snapped a three-game series losing streak with the convincing decision.

02/11 10:09:38 ET


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