CLEVELAND – Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Kenneth Faried added 17 and the Denver Nuggets won their ninth straight game with a 111-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
The Nuggets, who have won 15 of 17, are on their longest winning streak since posting 10 straight victories from March 30 to April 15, 2005.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 26 points but was plagued by foul trouble. The All-Star guard picked up his fourth foul with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter and went to the bench with the Nuggets leading 72-61. Irving returned to start the fourth quarter with Denver ahead 84-73. He scored 12 points in the period, but Cleveland’s rally fell short. The loss ended Cleveland’s three-game winning streak that matched a season high. The Cavaliers haven’t won four games in a row since March 17-24, 2010, which was LeBron James’ final campaign with the franchise.
Alonzo Gee scored 20 points for Cleveland with 16 coming in the first quarter.
Denver outscored Cleveland 19-5 in fast-break points. The Nuggets also had 62 points in the paint compared to 32 for the Cavaliers. The Nuggets committed 20 turnovers, leading to 24 points for the Cavaliers.
76ERS 87, BOBCATS 76: In Philadelphia, Lavoy Allen had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 20 points to lead Philadelphia.
Evan Turner had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeremy Pargo scored 12 in his Sixers debut. Pargo signed a 10-day contract this week after he was waived by Cleveland.
Ramon Sessions scored 20 points, Byron Mullens had 16 and Gerald Henderson 13 as the NBA-worst Bobcats lost their seventh straight.