Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/11/13
You turn the page, but the ink’s soaked through again. The Cavaliers played a truly excellent first half tonight in a tough place to win, but they fell back to earth in the second half and gave the game away late with some defensive lapses and offensive stagnancy as the Nuggets held on 98-91 in the Pepsi Center. Kyrie Irving led the charge with 28 points, 7 assists, and 5 steals while playing with the flu that caused him to miss shootaround earlier today. Dion Waiters added 18 points, and Tristan Thompson had a nice first quarter and finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds. For Denver, Kosta Koufos consistently found open holes in the defense and gashed them for a career-high 21 points. Danilo Gallinari added 23 points, including the 3-point dagger to put the Nuggets up five in the final minute. The Cavaliers held a 11-point halftime lead but scored just 35 points in the second half. The Cavaliers are now 9-29 after dropping game one of the five-game West Coast swing and head to Los Angeles where they’ll face the Lakers on Sunday night. Cleveland Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Kyrie Irving G 38:39 11-26 2-9 4-5 -4 1 3 7 1 5 0 2 2 28 C.J. Miles G 33:13 4-10 1-7 2-3 -4 0 7 0 3 0 0 0 5 11 Tyler Zeller C 33:22 1-6 0-0 0-0 -12 3 8 1 2 2 3 1 4 2 Tristan Thompson F 36:13 8-13 0-0 0-0 -12 4 7 0 1 2 0 3 5 16 Alonzo Gee F 20:38 1-7 0-2 0-2 -5 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 5 2 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 37-85 5-24 12-16 10 35 12 15 14 4 7 30 91 Percentages .435 .208 .750 Team Rebounds: 9 Dion Waiters 29:08 6-13 1-3 5-5 -8 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 3 18 Luke Walton 23:00 3-4 1-2 1-1 +10 0 4 1 3 1 0 0 4 8 Shaun Livingston 22:22 3-6 0-1 0-0 0 1 3 2 2 1 1 0 2 6 Kevin Jones 3:26 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Omri Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision Daniel Gibson DNP – Coach’s Decision Jon Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision Jeremy Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision Anderson Varejao DNP – Inactive Denver Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Andre Iguodala G 40:34 5-11 1-4 2-3 +9 5 11 4 4 1 0 0 1 13 Ty Lawson G 34:08 3-11 0-1 7-10 +10 1 5 8 6 0 0 1 2 13 Kosta Koufos C 34:36 10-17 0-0 1-1 +12 3 6 0 0 1 1 1 3 21 Kenneth Faried F 33:25 6-7 0-0 5-7 +3 3 11 0 3 0 0 0 4 17 Danilo Gallinari F 31:18 8-13 3-6 4-4 +8 0 7 2 4 0 0 0 4 23 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 36-82 4-16 22-31 19 56 24 22 4 7 4 21 98 Percentages .439 .250 .710 Team Rebounds: 7 Andre Miller 22:50 4-10 0-1 0-0 +5 3 5 5 3 1 0 1 2 8 Corey Brewer 16:14 0-6 0-3 0-0 -6 0 2 4 1 1 0 1 4 0 JaVale McGee 11:35 0-4 0-0 2-4 -5 4 7 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 Timofey Mozgov 7:56 0-1 0-0 1-2 +2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 Evan Fournier 7:23 0-2 0-1 0-0 -3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 Wilson Chandler DNP – Inactive Jordan Hamilton DNP – Coach’s Decision Quincy Miller DNP – Inactive Anthony Randolph DNP – Coach’s Decision Julyan Stone DNP – Coach’s Decision +/-: Team net points while player in game TO: Turnovers PF: Personal Fouls BS: Blocked Shots BA: Blocks Against
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