Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers won their fifth consecutive road game, 113-108, Wednesday night over the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

1. It may have been just Game 64 of the regular season, but LeBron James’ performance in the final 1:41 still deserved a highlight reel.

2. Kevin Love, watching from the bench while sidelined with a broken left hand, thought so, too. “Man, @KingJames was on another level tonight!!! Sheesh,” Love tweeted.

3. James scored the Cavs’ last nine points and two of his makes were of the amazing variety. The first was a 29-foot jumper with 1:11 to go that gave the Cavs a five-point lead.

4. But the one that dazzled all in the arena was his last, an off-balance 16-foot fadeaway over Wilson Chandler with 10 seconds left. James reacted with glee as he slapped hands with Kyle Korver and Jeff Green.

5. “Down the stretch he showed again why he is one of the best players to ever play the game,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone, a former Cavs assistant under Mike Brown. “That shot he hit I don’t know how you can play better defense. I give Wilson credit, but (James) was in a rhythm tonight. And when LeBron James is making 3-point shots, it’s nearly impossible to guard him.”

6. James finished with 39 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. It marked just the fourth game in James’ 15-year career that he posted at least those numbers while also making five or more 3-pointers. He hit 5 of 8 beyond the arc and 15 of 25 field goals in 39 minutes.

7. “It was closing time for us and I just had to try to make some plays to try to win the ballgame,” James said. “I was able to shake free a little bit, I had a little bit of air space on them shots. Just been trusting my mechanics, trusting what I’ve put into the game and I was able to knock them down.”

8. Asked how he decides to take over, James said, “It’s just a feel for the game. You know how the game is being played, you know that if one team can get a couple stops and you can get a couple makes then you can possibly try to win the game or pull away. Both teams were scoring at a high clip. I hadn’t shot the ball much after the start of the third quarter, so I just tried to (ut) my imprint on the game by closing it out for us.”

9. James pulled off a similar feat at the end of the first half, scoring 13 of the Cavs’ final 15.

10. But it was the final 1:41 that had everyone talking.

11. “It was ridiculous. It was ridiculous,” Larry Nance Jr. said. “Those are shots that like as a defender you just turn around to your coach and go ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know what you want from me.’”

12. Nance didn’t sense James was in takeover mode right away.

13. “If not after the first shot or the second, then yeah, after the third for sure,” Nance said.

14. James said in his post-game interview with ESPN he believes he’s playing at an all-time high at age 33. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he just found out Wednesday that James’ 9.0 assists coming into the night ranked second in the league behind Russell Westbrook’s 10.2.

15. “He’s definitely playing well and tonight we had to ride him a little bit more than we wanted to,” Lue said. “But down the stretch, we needed him to make plays, he had the ball in his hands and he did that. He’s passing the ball, sharing the basketball, having 10 assists again tonight and he could have had 18, 19, but we missed some open shots. He has to continue to keep doing that for us.”

16. He has to keep doing that at least until Love returns, if not longer.

17. James has scored at least 30 points in five of the last six games. He has hit 10 of 15 3-pointers in the past two games against the Nuggets and Pistons after going 8 of 25 in the previous six.

18. “I put a lot of work in on my perimeter shot, my mid-range, my post game,” he said. “I just trust what I’ve been doing, that’s all. I didn’t say I need to get my 3-point going, because for me if I’m not making 3s, I know I can still be effective. It doesn’t hurt my game.”

19. Lue thought the mile high altitude got to a few of his players.

20. “I thought Bron fought through it. Guys were giving effort. It’s tough to play here,” Lue said. “Especially after the first half, we put so much on the line and to come back in the second half, in the third quarter I thought we got a little winded. But overall, I thought defensively we were pretty good.”

21. At morning shootaround, James was sprinting from one end of the court to the other to prepare.

22. “I don’t want tonight being the first time that the altitude hits my heart rate,” James said. “At shootaround I was able to get my heart rate up. I was gasping for air, but I knew it would help me coming into the game tonight.”

23. But James didn’t win the game alone. Nance registered his ninth double-double of the season with 13 points (6 of 10 field goals), 13 rebounds, three assists and a season-high tying four steals in 37 minutes. He became the first Cav to post at least 13 points, 13 rebounds and four steals since Love on Dec. 15, 2014 against the Hornets.

24. “Any time you play a team that plays a big up top (Nikola Jokic) and likes to have him make passes and stuff like that, it’s always an area of importance to get deflections and get your hands on lots of loose balls,” Nance said after the Cavs totaled 10 steals and the Nuggets committed 21 turnovers. “That was something I wanted to do coming into the game. The coaching staff talked to me about it and we had to execute it.”

25. Rodney Hood scored in double digits for the seventh time in his 10 games as a Cav with 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting, 1 of 2 from long range.

26. “Just not settling for jumpers,” Hood said of him driving to the rim against the Nuggets. “I can feel a game coming where I’m going to get hot from 3 where I can get some good looks. I’m used to getting six or seven looks a game, but I’m going to get hot one game. Now I’m just trying to figure it out. Guys are closing out hard on me. Just trying to get by, get in the lane and make plays, shoot my floater. Just gotta continue to be aggressive, be decisive.”

27. As the Cavs opened their longest road trip of the season with six games in five cities over 11 days, Hood considered this an important victory.

28. “We’ve got some tough games on this road trip but this was probably the toughest we was going to face, playing in the altitude, playing against a team like that, they’ve won eight out of their last 11,” Hood said, although Portland might beg to differ. “So it was big to get off to a good start, and now we need to take care of business in LA.”

29. Lue didn’t believe this road trip means more because of the tightness of the standings.

30. “No, we just want to get better each game. We’re not really worried about the standings,” Lue said. “We just got to continue to get better and make sure we’re playing our best basketball going into the playoffs.”

31. James isn’t worried about the standings, either.

32. “Listen, it doesn’t matter to me if I’m a six seed or a three seed or a two seed, eight seed. If I come into your building for a Game 1, I can be very challenging,” James said.

33. After the game the Cavs flew to Los Angeles, where they will face the Clippers Friday and the Lakers Sunday. According to Ohm Youngmisuk of, a personal injury attorney is putting up four billboards trying to lure James to the city in free agency. Two have already gone up, one in Westwood and another on Interstate 710. That comes on the heels of a Chester, Pa.-based business buying three on Interstate 480 in Cleveland to try to get James to sign with the 76ers if he opts out of his contract in July.

34. When it suggested to James that he’s good for the billboard business, he laughed and noted that the one in Westwood is close to where he goes to the movies when staying at his Los Angeles home.

35. Jordan Clarkson, acquired from the Lakers with Nance in a Feb. 8 trade, was asked if he’d heard about the billboards. Clarkson said, “Yeah, that’s crazy, that’s so crazy. That’s like a thing now, isn’t it?”

36. When told the count was up to two cities now, Clarkson said, “I wonder who’s next.”