Nuggets win ninth straight, beat Cavaliers 111-103

Nuggets win ninth straight, beat Cavaliers 111-103
February 9, 2013, 10:05 pm
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Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13), of Russia, watches the puck bounce out of the net after scoring against Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (35), of Russia, and defenseman Ladislav Smid (5), of Czechoslovakia, in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


CLEVELAND (AP) Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Kenneth Faried added 17 and the Denver Nuggets won their ninth straight game with a 111-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

The Nuggets, who have won 15 of 17, are on their longest winning streak since posting 10 straight victories from March 30-April 15, 2005.

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 26 points, but was plagued by foul trouble. The All-Star guard picked up his fourth foul with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter and went to the bench with the Nuggets leading 72-61. Irving returned to start the fourth quarter with Denver ahead 84-73. He scored 12 points in the period, but Cleveland's rally fell short.

The loss ended Cleveland's three-game winning streak that matched a season high. The Cavaliers haven't won four games in a row since March 17-24, 2010, which was LeBron James' final campaign with the franchise.