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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Game 18: Nuggets at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs are on a winning streak. Long live the streak. OK, it's only a 2-game winning streak, but you have to start somewhere.

They played very well on Wednesday against the road-weary Nuggets. Denver played on Tuesday in Brooklyn, and it looked like it.

They came into Wednesday's game riding a 7-game winning streak. The Nuggets are a very talented club, sparked by point guard Ty Lawson. However, he was no match for Kyrie Irving on this night, as he was outscored, 23-4.

Lawson made just one of his 13 shots from the field. Let's be blunt: He was terrible. He did dish out 11 assists.

There were some numbers that stood out in this game:

--The Cavs blocked a season-high 13 shots. Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson and Jarrett Jack each blocked 3 shots.

--The Cavs destroyed the Nuggets on the boards, 58-43. That total is 2 off the NBA high this season set by Toronto. They also had 20 offensive rebounds. Both rebounding totals are a season high.

--Thompson was a beast on the boards with a career-high 21. He came real close to getting a 20-20 game. 

--No matter who the Cavs put at shooting guard, they do nothing. C.J. Miles started the last two games. He didn't score against the Nuggets. Miles is a capable shooter and scoring comes naturally for him. He missed all 4 of his shots against Denver.

It was good to see J.J. Hickson, former Cavs draft pick. He had some very candid comments about Coach Mike Brown's system before the game. He said until the Cavs players buy into his defensive-first system, they won't start winning consistently.

Hickson might have found a home in Denver. He's been a vagabond after the Cavs traded him to the Kings the day before the NBA lockout.

He finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Cavs center Andrew Bynum has now averaged 17 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 blocks in his last two games. Has he turned the corner? I think he has.

UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Philips Arena

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Wilson Chandler (6-8, 220)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 236) vs. Kenneth Faried (6-8, 228)
C Andrew Bynum (7-0, 294) vs. J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242)
SG C.J. Miles (6-6, 231) vs. Randy Foye (6-4, 213)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Ty Lawson (5-11, 195)
Cavs - G/F Carrick Felix, C Henry Sims
Nuggets - F Danilo Gallinari, C JaVale McGee
Bill Spooner, Derrick Collins, Olandis Poole


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