The Cleveland Cavaliers led the Denver Nuggets by 11 points at the half, but in the end fell to the Denver Nuggets by the score of 98-91 on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. With the loss the Cavaliers fall to 9-29 on the season while the Nuggets improve to 22-16.
Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 28 points on the night, Tristan Thompson scored 16 points and seven boards, and Dion Waiters had 18 points off the bench, but unfortunately it was not enough for the Cavaliers to come away with the win.
Cleveland blew an 11 point lead at the half but were outscored in the second half 53-35, losing the game by seven points when all was said and done. The Cavaliers scored just 15 points in the fourth quarter.
All five of the Denver starters scored in double-digits led by Danilo Gallinari with 23 points. Kosta Koufos added 21 points and Kenneth Faried added 17 points paired with 11 rebounds. Andre Miller scored eight points to lead the Nuggets’ bench.
Excuses can be made that if Anderson Varejao was not injured that Koufos would not have had as strong of a game as he did, or if Irving was not sick he would have scored more than 28 points on the night. Ultimately, none of that matters as Cleveland failed to execute as a team in the end.
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