Teamwork Helped The Cavs to a Victory

LeBron James got enough help from his teammates to lead Cleveland past the Denver Nuggets 94-85 on Thursday night.

Jones scored 17 points and Marshall 11. Both hit big 3-pointers as the Cavaliers ended a three-game losing streak.

“Huge win,” Marshall said. “You always want to come out of a slump. It’s better to come out of a slump against a good team that’s playing well.”

The Nuggets had won four of five, and Carmelo Anthony was coming off a career-high 42 points in a victory over Charlotte on Tuesday night. Anthony scored 23 to lead Denver but shot just 8-of-23.

Greg Buckner added 15 points and Earl Watson 14 for the Nuggets, who shot 38 percent to Cleveland’s 53 percent.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 points and gave Cleveland a presence inside with three blocks after missing one game with a sprained right knee.

“It was one of the first games I feel good about winning the right way,” said Brown, who strives to hold opponents under 90 points and less than 42 percent shooting, numbers not often met by his team this season.

“It started with our defense, our defense fueled our offense. They brought it individually and they brought it as a team.”

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