Denver Nuggets win 9th straight against Cleveland Cavaliers
It might be time that basketball fans start paying a little more attention to the Denver Nuggets. Saturday, the Nuggets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-103.
The Nuggets are currently on the league’s longest active winning streak of nine games, according to the Associated Press.
The top scorers for Denver were Danilo Gallinari with 19 points and Kenneth Faried with 17 points. What is more interesting is where Denver is in the Western Conference standings. Their record is fourth best, but not one of their players was chosen for the All-Star game.
Coach George Karl said, “We’re going to try and shock the world and become the first team to win a championship without an All-Star.”
The Cavaliers, however, do have Kyrie Irving. The game was over when Irving had his fourth foul with 5:20 minutes remaining in the third quarter, reports the Plain Dealer.
Irving said about the foul, “That fourth foul was key. Not whether we were on the upper end offensively or defensively or anything like that. [But] that fourth foul was key for me.”
That was not the only reason the Cavaliers lost. Their defense has been an issue most of the season, the Nuggets were shooting at 50 percent and eight of their players scored in the double digits.
It was a good game for the Denver Nuggets and a bad game for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It will be worth while to keep an eye on both teams: Denver, to see how far their All-Star empty team can make it, and how Irving and the Cavaliers manage their struggles.