CLEVELAND: Tristan Thompson had 17 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, the first 20-rebound game of his career, and the Cavs won consecutive games for the first time this season with a 98-88 victory Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets on a night the Cavs’ bigs dominated.
Anderson Varejao had 18 points and 13 rebounds off the bench and Andrew Bynum had 14 points and seven rebounds to go with Thompson’s terrific night. Thompson had eight rebounds six minutes into the game and 11 by halftime while working against Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, who entered averaging 9.1 rebounds but was held to four.
In addition to being their first winning streak, the Cavs didn’t have last-minute drama for the first time this season. They led much of the night, built it to as many as 12 points and kept the lead around 10 most of the fourth quarter.
Kyrie Irving had 23 points and four assists and the Cavs limited the Nuggets to 39 percent shooting. The Nuggets were one of the league’s hottest teams, entering with a six-game winning streak, but they were playing the second night of a back to back and for the third time in four nights.