Nuggets score statement win over Cavs

They ranked eighth in opponent field goal percentage, letting foes shoot 44.4 percent from the field.That was middle of the pack, which isn't anything to brag about.Personnel changes - Last year's defensive numbers reflect a different team.Matthew Dellavedova's no longer around to pester the opponent's perimeter players.

When James chose to leave Cleveland in 2010, Cavaliers fans burned his jersey as a way of expressing their anger for their beloved superstar skipping town.

Love handed out four assists and didn't turn the ball over while chipping in 15 points and 12 rebounds. Something they have been better ar since beating the Golden State Warriors in February.

"They came and just kicked our butt in every facet of the game", he said, referencing the Nuggets.

"If my team is healthy, we're going to be good".

He had a momentum-swinging post up of James late the in third quarter as the Nugs pulled away.

"It was a mismatch for us and I just tried to score", Jokic said.

The realists, a category I like to think I fall in, aren't sure what to think right now (and the key words there are "right now").

Keys to Victory: The Cavs have showed weaknesses in the paint recently, if Cody Zeller and the recently hot Marvin Williams can provide success down low, it could prove to the Hornets keeping the game at their pace and in their advantage.

"A lot of guys shined tonight", Malone said. James then converted in the lane to push the lead to eight.

"We're trying to make the playoffs", Faried said. "Very rarely do you see that from us", Kevin Love said. He scored two points and grabbed one board in 12 minutes of play as Canton defeated the Windy City Bulls, 104-101.

The Nuggets had 35 assists and only six turnovers.

Before we go anointing the King atop the Eastern throne by default, it's worth noting that this year's Cleveland squad looks as vulnerable as it has since the team first came together in 2014-15. "We're in the playoff race, and the next one is going to be just as important".

Starter J.R. Smith returned to the team on March 9 after missing three months with a thumb injury.

The Hornets saw their three-game winning streak end, a blow as they scramble for a play-off berth.

After the 126-113 loss, James said his team lacked toughness.

Denver will need to carry that effort if it wants to hold off the Trail Blazers for the last playoff spot. They have its best record, its best point differential, its best player and its best Big Three.

NOTES: Nuggets F Darrell Arthur was active after missing four games with left knee soreness. Briante Weber was a -19 in just nine minutes, and it didn't feel like a fluke with the way he was playing.

  • Salvatore Jensen