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2017 Schedule
46-24, 1st in Central
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Nuggets limit LeBron in win (1:15)
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Jokic shows crafty side with scoop (0:20)
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Chandler leads Nuggets past Cavs 126-113

Wilson Chandler scored 18 points in his return from a pulled groin and provided stellar defense on LeBron James in the Denver Nuggets' 126-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday ni

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs lose 126-113 to Denver, allowing the Nuggets to shoot 53.1 pct from the field and 42.3 pct from 3. Kyrie Irving 33p 3a; LeBron James 18p 6r 5a; Deron Williams 19p on 8-for-10; Kevin Love 9p 7r; Kyle Korver & J.R. Smith combine for 12p on 4-for-16 shooting. Denver has five players make 8 FGs led by Nikola Jokic's 16p 10r 7a.

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LeBron finishes spectacular one-handed alley-oop (0:21)
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Nuggets' big men team up for dunk (0:16)
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Harris' 3 puts Nuggets up 20 (0:39)
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LeBron goes rim rocking (0:30)
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Cavs botch alley-oop, score anyway (0:23)
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Kyrie sends Plumlee spinning (0:16)
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Cavs get full lineup back, lose to Nuggets

The Cavaliers played their main starting lineup for the first time since December in Wednesday's loss versus the Nuggets -- the same group of five that won last season's NBA Finals.

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Did Lue throw Rivers a bone by resting his stars? (1:41)
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Smith wants LaVar Ball to quit it (0:43)
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Is LaVar Ball causing long-term problems? (1:24)
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7h

Brian Windhorst w/ The Next Level

ESPN NBA analyst Brian Windhorst joins The Next Level to talk about LeBron James' comments back to LaVar Ball and the resting issues facing the NBA.

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Ball bumps back: 'Don't care what LeBron said'

A day after he drew the ire of LeBron James, LaVar Ball reiterates his point that the sons of superstars don't themselves become superstars, and says he's doesn't care what "touchy" LeBron said.

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McMenamin on LeBron's issues with Ball

ESPN's Dave McMenamin joins Thompson and Trudell to talk about LaVar Ball's inappropriate remarks toward LeBron James and the Cavalier's reasonable plan to rest its players.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver coach Mike Malone, who was an assistant in Cleveland early in LeBron James' career, offered an alternative solution to James sitting out one leg of a back-to-back completely: "Maybe just play the first and third quarters like camps in the summertime." Of course, that goes against James' claim that minutes don't really matter to him. Playing 25 minutes feels the same as playing 45 minutes because he goes through an entire day of game preparation followed by game recovery when he does suit up.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Korver, who went through 4-on-4 drills in practice Tuesday, is a gametime decision for the Cavs tonight according to coach Ty Lue. He's missed the last seven games with a strained tendon in his left foot.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue confirmed that Tristan Thompson, despite needing impromptu dental work done in Los Angeles on Tuesday which caused him to miss practice, will continue his ironman streak with Game No. 440 in a row Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue said Kevin Love, who played 19 minutes in his first game back and 26 in his second, will be "around the same thing" for the Cavs' game against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The rest discussion followed the Cavs again Wednesday in Denver and LeBron James, who made sure to tell a visiting reporter that he would indeed be playing Wednesday night in emphatic fashion, added another point to his argument that he receives undue attention when he rests compared to the rest of the league. "It's never a discussion when a team decides to shut their players down when they feel like they can't make the playoffs," James said, referring to the Los Angeles Lakers taking Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng out of the rotation for the final month of the season.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James, who inked a lifetime deal with Nike last year estimated to be worth $1 billion, was asked about Nike stock dropping Tuesday by 4 percent after its quarterly report was divulged. "Listen, at the end of the day if Nike hits the fan then we're all in trouble," James said succinctly. "Everybody."

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Why resting players is such a headache for NBA (5:49)

Team Stats

Points Per Game110.44th
Rebounds Per Game43.714th
Assists Per Game22.416th
Points Allowed106.319th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2016-174624.657
2015-165725.695
2014-155329.646
2013-143349.402
2012-132458.293

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