CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – It’s good to be home.
After a four-game stretch away from Quicken Loans Arena — finishing 3-1 on the recent West Coast trip — the Cavaliers returned to Cleveland and bested the Nuggets on Saturday night, 125-109.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 27 points en route to the victory over the Western Conference foe, as James also chipped in 12 assists.
Kevin Love added 16 points and nine rebounds for Cleveland.
Newcomer Derrick Williams scored seven points off the bench in his second game in a Cavaliers uniform. Williams is with the team on a 10-day contract.
“We hope this is a long-term thing,” James said. “Even though he’s on a 10-day contract, we believe it’s going to be long-term. We hope this is a place that can help him grow and make the next step.
“He’s 25 years old. It doesn’t seem like it because I’ve been hearing his name for so long. He hasn’t even gotten to his prime yet.”
Nikola Jokic led Denver with a team-high 27 points and 13 rebounds.
The Nuggets, who were without Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari and Emmanuel Mudiay due to various injuries, led by five at the end of the first quarter, but the Cavs outscored Denver 97-76 over the final three periods.
Cleveland limited their opponent to 40.2 percent shooting from the field in Saturday’s win.
After a pair of upcoming off days, Cleveland will travel to Minnesota to battle the Timberwolves on Tuesday night (8:00 p.m. ET).