Nuggets 118, Cavs 116
In a nutshell:
If you're a fan watching this game proved a treat, simply to watch LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony go at one another. Defense? We don't need no steenkin' defense.
James had his 27th career triple-double on the season with 43 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists. Anthony threw down 40 points, pulled down six rebounds and threw out seven assists.
But as much fun as it was to watch, this is a game that the Cavs should have won. No professional basketball team has any business shooting just 58 percent from the free throw line. There's no excuse for that.
The Cavs got the calls, James went to the line 17 times alone, but didn't hit the shots.
Tonight provided a look as to why the Cavs traded for Antawn Jamison. The Nuggets made no bones about harassing LeBron James or Shaquille O"Neal with double teams. That should infrequent when Jamison takes the court.
You chalk this one up to the Cavs being rusty after the All-Star break.
Each player dominated the fourth quarter for Game: Cavs (43-11) vs. Denver Nuggets (35-18)
Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Cavs: LeBron James (F); J.J. Hickson(F); Shaquille O'Neal (C); Anthony Parker (G); Daniel Gibson (G).
Nuggets: Carmelo Anthony (F) Kenyon Martin (F); Nene (C); Arron Afflalo (G); Chauncey Billups (G). Injured:
Cavs: Leon Powe (left knee surgery) - OUT. Danny Green (right foot blister) - PROBABLE. Officials: Monty McCutcheon, James Capers and Mark Linsay.
Yes, there is a basketball game tonight, despite all the trade hoopla. Will be interesting to see what the CDAvs do to spell relief for Shaquie O'Neal. There was little dowubt that he would see more playing time after the All-Star break, but without Z to back him up, that's a guarantee.
Carmelo Anthony didn't play in the first meeting between the two clubs, a Nuggets win. It was also a game that the Cavs should have won were it not for sloppy late play.
What will be more interesting to see is just how rusty they looking coming away from the All-Star break.