Tristan Thompson posted his 19th double-double this season, scoring 20 points and registering 10 rebounds, to help the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Denver Nuggets, 117-109. The Cavaliers shot 42-88 (47.7%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 16 boards. Cleveland (15-25) picked up the win after falling to Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Thompson finished 8-9, in a strong performance. Kyrie Irving chipped in 23 points and 6 assists for Cleveland as well. Despite the loss, Wilson Chandler put up 23 points for Denver on 7-17 shooting (5-12 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 4-6 from the free throw line. Timofey Mozgov chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds.
This drops Denver (20-19) to 0-2 against Cleveland on the year.
Coming up next, the Cavaliers play the Dallas Mavericks, who are 24-17 on the year. The Nuggets meet the Phoenix Suns, currently 22-17 this season. The Nuggets have fallen to Phoenix the last two times they have met.