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Denver's win streak hits eight-year high

Forward Danilo Gallinari shoots over Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson in the first quarter of Denver’s 111-103 victory.

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Forward Danilo Gallinari shoots over Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson in the first quarter of Denver’s 111-103 victory.

CLEVELAND — Danilo Gallinari had 19 points, Kenneth Faried added 17 and the Nuggets won their ninth straight game Saturday night, 111-103 over the Cavaliers.

The Nuggets, who have won 15 of 17, are on their longest winning streak since posting 10 straight from March 30-April 15, 2005.

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 26 points but had foul trouble. The All-Star guard picked up his fourth foul with 5:20 left in the third quarter and went to the bench with the Nuggets up 72-61. Irving returned to start the fourth with Denver ahead 84-73. He scored 12 points in the quarter, but Cleveland's rally fell short.

The loss ended Cleveland's three-game winning streak that matched a season high.

Game highlights: Jrue Holiday had 20 points, leading five Philadelphia players in double figures, as the host 76ers defeated the Bobcats 87-76. … Shawn Marion had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the host Mavericks beat the Warriors 116-91.

Working around snow: After staying overnight in Minnesota because of the massive snow that hit the New York-to-Boston corridor, the Knicks arrived home safely on Saturday afternoon ahead of today's game against the Clippers. The Clippers stayed in Miami overnight after their game Friday night and landed in New York late Saturday afternoon.

Around the league: The Hawks said they are optimistic guard Lou Williams will be ready for training camp after reconstructive surgery on his right knee. The surgery was performed Thursday in Gulf Breeze by Dr. James Andrews.

Howard's dad jumps into Lakers story

First the Lakers' Dwight Howard responded to teammate Kobe Bryant's insistence that the center play hurt. Now Howard is trying to not comment on his dad's comments.

Dwight Howard Sr. told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he believes coach Mike D'Antoni should have stepped in and curtailed Bryant's public criticism of his son.

"I promise, if that had been (former Magic coach) Stan Van Gundy, that wouldn't have happened," the elder Howard said. "I think the coach has a lot to do with who controls Kobe's mouth right now."

The elder Howard said his son needed to sit down with Bryant to hash out their differences. Bryant's response? Enough already.

"Honestly, I'm done talking about it. … It's silly," he said.

Howard, in his first season since coming over from the Magic, said, "My dad is a grown man. If that's how he feels, then we'll leave it at that. I'm not going to get into it."

Nuggets 111, Cavaliers 103

DENVER (111): Gallinari 6-13 4-5 19, Faried 7-12 3-6 17, Koufos 5-8 0-0 10, Lawson 3-11 4-4 11, Iguodala 6-9 0-0 14, Chandler 2-6 3-4 7, McGee 6-7 1-2 13, A.Miller 3-8 4-5 10, Brewer 2-6 6-8 10. Totals 40-80 25-34 111.

CLEVELAND (103): Gee 8-8 1-2 20, Thompson 4-10 3-4 11, Zeller 1-3 5-6 7, Irving 10-24 4-4 26, Waiters 1-6 1-2 3, Speights 1-10 3-4 5, Livingston 5-8 1-2 11, Walton 0-2 0-0 0, Ellington 4-6 2-2 13, Miles 3-7 0-0 7. Totals 37-84 20-26 103.

Denver 30 28 26 27— 111

Cleveland 32 20 21 30— 103

3-PointersDenver 6-17 (Gallinari 3-6, Iguodala 2-3, Lawson 1-2, A.Miller 0-1, Chandler 0-2, Brewer 0-3), Cleveland 9-20 (Gee 3-3, Ellington 3-4, Irving 2-5, Miles 1-5, Walton 0-1, Thompson 0-1, Speights 0-1). ReboundsDenver 55 (Gallinari, Koufos 9), Cleveland 47 (Irving, Zeller 6). AssistsDenver 23 (Iguodala 7), Cleveland 24 (Irving 7). Total FoulsDenver 21, Cleveland 23. TechnicalsZeller. A20,562 (20,562).

76ers 87, Bobcats 76

CHARLOTTE (76): Kidd-Gilchrist 1-6 0-0 2, Mullens 7-19 2-3 16, Biyombo 0-2 0-0 0, Walker 2-9 2-2 6, Henderson 4-12 5-6 13, Haywood 3-7 3-4 9, Sessions 6-16 7-7 20, Adrien 1-4 0-0 2, Gordon 3-10 1-1 8, Taylor 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-88 20-23 76.

PHILADELPHIA (87): Turner 7-17 2-2 16, Allen 7-16 0-0 14, Hawes 8-15 0-0 17, Holiday 10-23 0-0 20, N.Young 2-8 1-2 5, Pargo 4-9 3-3 12, Moultrie 1-3 1-3 3, Wright 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 39-93 7-10 87.

Charlotte 17 20 17 22— 76

Philadelphia 23 15 25 24— 87

3-PointersCharlotte 2-16 (Sessions 1-2, Gordon 1-4, Henderson 0-2, Walker 0-2, Taylor 0-2, Mullens 0-4), Philadelphia 2-16 (Pargo 1-2, Hawes 1-3, Turner 0-1, Wright 0-2, Holiday 0-3, N.Young 0-5). ReboundsCharlotte 54 (Haywood, Biyombo 7), Philadelphia 67 (Allen 22). AssistsCharlotte 20 (Walker, Sessions 4), Philadelphia 24 (Holiday 7). Total FoulsCharlotte 17, Philadelphia 19. TechnicalsPargo. A15,048 (20,328).

Pistons 105, Bucks 100

DETROIT (105): Singler 5-11 1-2 11, Maxiell 2-4 0-0 4, Monroe 6-12 2-3 14, Calderon 10-13 0-0 23, Knight 2-13 0-0 4, Stuckey 5-9 8-8 19, Villanueva 7-13 0-0 18, Bynum 4-8 4-4 12, Kravtsov 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 41-83 15-19 105.

MILWAUKEE (100): Mbah a Moute 5-9 1-2 11, Ilyasova 5-8 3-3 15, Dalembert 5-10 4-4 14, Jennings 8-27 6-6 26, Ellis 3-9 2-2 8, Udrih 1-7 0-0 2, Dunleavy 3-7 3-3 10, Udoh 1-4 5-6 7, Henson 3-5 1-2 7. Totals 34-86 25-28 100.

Detroit 33 24 24 24— 105

Milwaukee 22 34 26 18— 100

3-PointersDetroit 8-17 (Villanueva 4-7, Calderon 3-4, Stuckey 1-2, Singler 0-1, Knight 0-3), Milwaukee 7-17 (Jennings 4-10, Ilyasova 2-3, Dunleavy 1-3, Udrih 0-1). ReboundsDetroit 53 (Monroe, Villanueva 13), Milwaukee 48 (Dalembert 12). AssistsDetroit 25 (Calderon 10), Milwaukee 19 (Jennings 7). Total FoulsDetroit 20, Milwaukee 14. A15,511 (18,717).

Mavericks 116, Warriors 91

GOLDEN STATE (91): Barnes 4-10 2-2 12, Lee 4-9 2-2 10, Biedrins 0-0 0-0 0, Curry 8-23 1-1 18, Thompson 4-14 0-0 11, Landry 4-6 5-7 13, Bazemore 3-11 1-4 7, Jefferson 1-1 3-4 5, Green 3-8 2-2 8, Ezeli 2-3 0-0 4, Jenkins 0-2 0-0 0, Tyler 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 34-89 17-24 91.

DALLAS (116): Marion 11-16 2-2 26, Nowitzki 3-12 8-11 15, B.James 1-2 0-3 2, Collison 5-9 5-5 18, Mayo 6-13 5-5 19, Brand 5-9 1-2 11, Carter 1-4 4-6 7, Crowder 2-5 0-0 6, Beaubois 2-3 0-0 4, Da.Jones 1-2 4-4 6, M.James 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 1-1 0-0 2, Do.Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-77 29-38 116.

Golden State 16 20 30 25— 91

Dallas 30 32 23 31— 116

3-PointersGolden State 6-16 (Thompson 3-7, Barnes 2-3, Curry 1-3, Bazemore 0-3), Dallas 11-20 (Collison 3-4, Marion 2-3, Crowder 2-3, Mayo 2-4, Nowitzki 1-2, Carter 1-3, Beaubois 0-1). ReboundsGolden State 61 (Green 9), Dallas 49 (Marion, Brand 11). AssistsGolden State 12 (Curry 4), Dallas 25 (Mayo 9). Total FoulsGolden State 26, Dallas 23. A20,355 (19,200).

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