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NBA: Nine in a row for Nuggets as Denver beat Cavaliers

Danilo Gallinari inspired Denver to their ninth win in succession as the Nuggets hit their best form since 2005.

Denver's Andre Iguodala knocks the ball away from Cleveland's Alonzo Gee.
Denver's Andre Iguodala knocks the ball away from Cleveland's Alonzo Gee.

The Denver Nuggets continued their sparkling form with a 111-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, extending their winning streak to nine games.

Denver have averaged 114.6 points per game during the streak to move to 33-18, and fourth overall in the Western Conference.

The nine games are the longest streak for Denver since winning 10 on the trot in 2005.

Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 19 points and nine rebounds while Kenneth Faried scored 17 points and added seven rebounds.

Eight of Denver's nine players scored in double figures in a great team effort.

Denver have been near unstoppable at home with a 22-3 record but have been criticised for their inability to lift on the road. The win in Cleveland pushed them to 11-15 away from home.

"It was a very important win for us," Faried told reporters

"A lot of people say we go in a slump once we get on the road, we're not going to have that energy, that motivation to run, that focus we have at home but tonight we proved that wrong.

"But we have another one tomorrow we have to worry about against a great Boston team that's playing wonderful."

Kyrie Irving produced a game high 26 points and added seven assists while Alonzo Gee added 20 points for the Cavaliers, who had been seeking their fourth successive win but the loss dropped them to 16-35.

The Charlotte Bobcats' woes show no sign of abating as they crashed to their seventh successive defeat, going down 87-76 to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jrue Holiday led the way for the 76ers with 20 points, while Lavoy Allen added 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds.

Charlie Villanueva held his nerve to sink a three-pointer with seconds remaining before Rodney Stuckey's two free throws helped the Detroit Pistons edge past the Milwaukee Bucks 105-100.

Shawn Marrion was pivotal as the Dallas Mavericks overhauled the Golden State Warriors 116-91. The forward contributed a season-high 26 points and 11 rebounds to give the Warriors their fourth consecutive loss.

Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton poured in 49 points between them as the Sacramento Kings eased past the Utah Jazz 120-109.

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