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Cavs defense struggles in loss to Nuggets

The Cavaliers traveled to Denver to take on the Nuggets Wednesday night and lost 126-113

Things are getting tight in the Eastern Conference. 

The Cavaliers struggles on defense continued as they gave up 126 points in a 126-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets to fall to 46-24 and 5-7 in the month of March. Denver improved to 34-37.

While the Cavs were losing, the Boston Celtics won their 46th game of the season and equalled the Cavs in the win column and the Cavs lead over Boston is down to just one game. Boston has 26 losses and trail Cleveland by two games in the loss column. The Celtics have 10 games left to play, while the Cavs have 12 left on the regular season schedule. 

The Cavs trailed by 14 points at halftime, 73-59 and by 11 after three quarters, 101-90 and could get no closer than five points in the second half. 

Kyrie Irving scored 33 points to lead the Cavs with Deron Williams scoring 19 points and LeBron James adding 18. 

Tip Ins

Korver Returns: After missing seven games with a sore foot, Kyle Korver returned to the lineup against the Nuggets. Korver hit a three to end the first quarter. He finished with nine points on 3-of-8 from three-point range in 19:26.

No Double-Double: In a rare occurrence, The Cavaliers had no players with a double-double.

Three Ball: The Cavs hit 15-of-37 from long range for 40.5 percent. Kyrie Irving was 4-of-5 from three-point distance. Kyle Korver was 3-of-8.

Helping Out: Cleveland had 22 assists and 10 turnovers in the loss. 

Next Up: The Cavs finish their four-game road trip on Friday night at Charlotte at 7 pm against the Hornets. 

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