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Nuggets cruise to ninth straight win

10 February 2013 06:46

The Denver Nuggets triumphed for the ninth straight time in the NBA on Saturday, while the Dallas Mavericks also won.

Playing on the road at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the Nuggets came from behind early to notch an impressive 111-103 victory over the Cavaliers.

Sparked by young point-guard Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers made a fast start to the contest to hold a narrow two-point (32-30) lead at quarter-time.

But the Nuggets found their groove during the second term to open up a six-point (58-52) buffer at the main break, before extending that to 11 (84-73) at three-quarter time.

The Cavaliers tried valiantly to battle back during the final stanza, but the Nuggets held their nerve to register an NBA best ninth straight victory and 33rd win of the season.

Danilo Gallinari (19 points) led eight Denver players into double figures, while Irving top-scored for the Cavaliers with 26.

Meanwhile at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, the Mavericks cruised to a 116-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The Mavericks outscored their opponents 30-16 during a dominant opening term and a 32-20 second stanza helped them open up a match-winning 26-point (62-36) advantage at half-time.

The second half was a mere formality as the Mavericks did more than enough to notch a 22nd triumph of the season.

In other matches on Saturday, the Detroit Pistons beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-100, the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Charlotte Bobcats 87-76 and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Utah Jazz 120-109.

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