The Joker and Nuggets got into Cleveland last night after a win in New York against the Knicks and hoped to do the same tonight. Instead, King James and Co. got a home win over Denver.
On the third game in four nights, the Nuggets starting five, as expected, looked exhausted but were able to keep up with the Cavs as long as they were on the court together. In the first quarter, the Nuggets were able to outscore the Cavaliers, 33-28, before they came back in the second, their travels catching up with them as they were outscored 31-22.
At the half, the Nuggets were down 59-55. Coming into the third, the Nuggets started to slow down as they were outscored 33-23; at one point, the Nuggets were down by 22. By the fourth, Denver was able to start closing the gap but were ultimately outscored 33-31 in the fourth. The Nuggets fell to the Cavs, 125-109.
After the half, the Cavaliers opened up an 18-0 run in the third, when they set the pace for the rest of the game. Cleveland opened up the third quarter by making 6/7 from downtown while the Nuggets were able to just make 1/7 from beyond the arc in the first few minutes following the half.
After coming off a hot night last night against the Knicks, Nikola Jokic continued to lead the Nuggets tonight with his 27 points, 2 blocks, and 4 assists. Guards Jamal Murray and Gary Harris had 16 points a piece. Murray also contributed with one assist. Harris added 3 rebounds and one assist.
After tonight’s loss, the Nuggets will fall to 24-30 on the season and are ahead of Portland by just one game. Cleveland advances to 37-16 on their season as they continue to hold on to the first seed in the Eastern Conference.
FG%: 40.2% 54.8%
3PT%: 32.4% 50%
FT: 86.4% 81.8%
Rebounds: 45 45
Steals: 8 9
Turnovers: 12 16
Points in Paint: 46 46
Fast Break Points: 13 18