Denver Nuggets Basketball Schedule, News, Tickets, Scores, Players, Blogs, Videos, Links and More
More Fan Site Teams:

Harris, Barton lead Nuggets' rout of Cavs

Harris, Barton lead Nuggets' rout of Cavs
Published On: Thu, Mar 23
Dec 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton (5) and guard Gary Harris (14) react during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

DENVER -- Nikola Jokic has dazzled teams with his passing ability, but Wednesday he showed he can be tough around the basket with an impressive move on the best player in the world.

It was one of many the Denver Nuggets highlights in a rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jokic finished with 16 points, including a power move on LeBron James that all but sealed the win, and also had 10 rebounds as Denver beat the Cavaliers 126-113.

Gary Harris scored 21 points, Will Barton had 20 and Wilson Chandler returned from missing four games to score 18 for Denver, which blew out both NBA Finals teams at home. The Nuggets (34-37) beat Golden State by 22 on Feb. 13.

"They played an exceptional game," James said. "I didn't think our physicality was where it needed to be with how well they moved bodies and moved the ball. They beat us pretty good."

James prides himself on toughness -- "I always bring toughness to the game," he said -- but even he couldn't match Jokic when the young center got him on the post. Jokic backed down the forward and shook off James' physical defense to score on a soft hook late in the third quarter.

"It was a mismatch for us and I just tried to score," Jokic said. "I didn't think that was him. I feel really good on that block, I'm confident in my shooting and my post moves. I feel really good."

The Nuggets got a much-needed win after dropping two close games to Houston that saw their lead for the eighth spot in the Western Conference shrink to a game over Portland. Kenneth Faried had his best game after missing nine with back spasms, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.

Nine of his points came in the final 5:14 of the third quarter when Cleveland trimmed a 20-point lead to five.

"Kenneth Faried was phenomenal," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "A lot of guys shined tonight."

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 33 points, James scored 18 and Deron Williams had 19 off the bench.

Cleveland's lead over Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference is down to one game. The Cavaliers (46-24) have a game left at Boston on April 8. They hope to shore up their suddenly shaky defense that has let three straight opponents shoot better than 50 percent.

"We didn't play inspired basketball. Very rarely do you see that from us," Kevin Love said. "In the third quarter, we played hard but the rotations weren't there, help defenders weren't there. Too many offensive rebounds, too many extra possessions."

Cleveland didn't make the Nuggets feel uncomfortable, either. They finished with a season-low six turnovers and had 35 assists.

"We just got to be better, we've got to be more physical," said James, who was a minus-30. "We've got to take the one-on-one challenge more seriously."

The Cavaliers are at full health after a season of juggling the lineup with long-term injuries to Love and J.R. Smith, but it didn't help against the fired-up Nuggets on Wednesday.

"It's good to have everybody back and we'll try and finish these last 13 games getting some consistency and also finishing the season healthy," Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said before the game.

Cleveland fell behind by 20 in the first half when Barton and Jamal Murray combined for six 3-pointers and 28 points. The Cavaliers, behind Irving's 19 points, cut the deficit to 73-59 at the break.

Denver led 82-66 when James stepped up with a couple of dunks to lead a 15-4 run. The Nuggets worked the lead back to 15 points on the strength of two Faried dunks, and started the fourth with a 9-2 run to lead 110-92 and coast from there.

"We've been playing with a certain type of confidence the last few weeks and I feel like we're clicking right now," said Harris, who is averaging 20.3 points over the last six games.

Denver will need to carry that effort if it wants to hold off the Trail Blazers for the last playoff spot.

"We were able to get this one so the next one is going to be just as important," Harris said of Friday's game at Indiana.

NOTES: Nuggets F Darrell Arthur was active after missing four games with left knee soreness. He entered the game in the final minute after the outcome was decided. ... Cleveland G Kyle Korver returned after missing seven games with left foot soreness. He came off the bench and scored nine points in 19 minutes and was 3-for-9 from the field. ... Nuggets F Danilo Gallinari missed his fourth game with a left knee bone bruise.

Read the complete news article here...


More Featured News

Why Adam Silvers comments on the one-and-done rule miss the mark
Published On: Thu, Jun 01
NBA commissioner Adam Silver joined FS1s The Herd with Colin Cowherd for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the NBA on Wednesday.And while issues such as super teams and resting players are ...
Adam Silver: NBA rethinking one-and-done rule
Published On: Wed, May 31
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has never been one adverse to change since he took over that role from David Stern. For the most part, it has helped the Association move on from a bygone era tha...
Danilo Gallinari Declines $16.1M Player Option With Nuggets
Published On: Wed, May 31
Danilo Gallinari will decline his $16.1 million player option with the Denver Nuggets for the 17-18 season to become an unrestricted free agent.Gallinari remains interested in signing a long-term d...
Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons
Published On: Thu, May 18
With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, last year it wouldve me...
NBA Team Option Decisions For 2017/18
Published On: Mon, May 15
Having created a post last week to track this offseasons player option decisions, were turning our attention today to team options. In the coming weeks, well use the space below to keep tabs on all...
NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing
Published On: Thu, May 11
What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the...
Sources: Will Barton won't OK Nuggets extension
Published On: Sun, Apr 30
Denver Nuggets swingman Will Barton will not agree to a contract extension this offseason and will test unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2018, league sources tell ESPN.Sources say the Nugg...
Nuggets GM: Re-signing Gallinari is 'priority No. 1'
Published On: Thu, Apr 27
Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said that re-signing Danilo Gallinari is a top priority for the organization.Il Gallo will opt out of his $16.1 million contract for next season to test ...
Danilo Gallinari: I would love to remain with the Nuggets. I love it here
Published On: Thu, Apr 20
Interviewed by BlitzTV, Danilo Gallinari said that he wants to remain with the Nuggets.Il Gallo has a $16.1 million player option for next season that he is not expected to pick. Gallinari will opt...
Here Is The BIG3 Basketball Leagues Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer
Published On: Tue, Apr 18
The BIG3s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and...
Jerseys Hats Shirts Sweatshirts

Name Pos
D.J. Augustin PG
Jameer Nelson PG
Mike Miller SG
Randy Foye SG
Danilo Gallinari SF
JJ Hickson C
Will Barton SF
Kenneth Faried PF
Erick Green PG
Gary Harris SG
See All Players