It’s good to be the King.
After being held scoreless for much of the fourth quarter and watching the Cavaliers fall behind for the first time all game, LeBron James finished with a fury. James scored the Cavaliers final nine points on 4-for-4 shooting in the final four minutes against the Nuggets in a 113-108 victory in the first of six-straight on the road.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 38-23 lead after the first quarter. James led the way with a nearly perfect 12 minutes shooting the ball. James finished the night two rebounds shy of yet another triple-double. He shot 60 percent from the field to finish with 39 points. He added 10 assists and eight rebounds in the win.
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The team, in general, had a bit more energy to start the game. Especially considering the Nuggets beat the Cavs in Cleveland last Saturday night, 126-117. Starter’s Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood each scored in double figures, scoring 13 and 15 respectively. Nance also added 13 rebounds. Off the bench, Jeff Green added 10 points in 17 minutes.
The Cavs will now travel the West Coast for the next four games before closing out their six-game road trip in Chicago on March 17th. Currently, they still sit a game and a half ahead of the Wizards for third in the East. They are 6.5 games behind the Celtics for second and nine games back of the Raptors, a team they face in two weeks at home.
For the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic was clearly their best player. Jokic made 12-of-14 field goals in addition to two threes and 10 free throws for 36 points. He added 13 boards (nine defensive, four offensive) as well as the Nuggets nearly pulled off the comeback and stun the Cavs twice in a week.
The loss for Denver is their second in-a-row as they start a brief three-game homestand. The 113 points given up to the Cavaliers was the seventh time in the past eight games that they have surrendered over 110 points. They are 4-3 in that span.
Sitting just percentage points behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot in the West, the Nuggets will play three of the next four at home before a daunting seven-game road trip. They will not be back in Denver until April 1st.