Trio of Love, Sexton and Osman lead Cavaliers past Nuggets 104-102

The Cavaliers improve to 18-45 on the season

James Rapien
March 07, 2020 - 9:51 pm
Mar 7, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, OH — The Cavaliers were shorthanded again on Saturday night, but that didn’t stop them from snapping a four-game losing streak.

The Cavs made clutch shots down the stretch to top the Nuggets 104-102.

Cleveland held Denver to 19 fourth quarter points.

The Nuggets had a chance to tie or win the game in the final seconds. Tristan Thompson forced Jamal Murray to shoot a fadeaway from the corner. It bounced off the rim and the Cavs clinched their first win since Feb. 26.

The trio of Kevin Love (27), Collin Sexton (25) and Cedi Osman (20) combined for 72 points.

"Our guys deserve it," head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after the game. "We've been in these games, but then to close it out against a really good team, you start to believe that you can [win]."

Cleveland trailed by as many as 11 early in the game, but their hot shooting carried them to victory.

The Cavs shot 55 percent (42-76) from the field and outrebounded the Nuggets 39-33. Osman made his first five 3-point attempts and Love finished with five 3's. 

Sexton has scored 25 points or more in four of his last five games. He finished with five assists. 

“He’s probably one of the more under-the-radar players who’s having a great season,” Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said before the game. “His quickness, he can get wherever he wants to go, but I think that thing that jumps out to me the most is the improvement in his 3-point shooting. He is shooting lights out from the 3-point line.”

The Cavaliers improve to 18-45 on the season and 10-25 at home.

Delly Dimes

Matthew Dellavedova made his second start of the season on Saturday night with Darius Garland (groin) and Kevin Porter Jr. (concussion) sidelined.

Delly didn’t disappoint the home crowd. He finished with seven points, six rebounds and a career-high 14 assists. It’s the most assists by a Cavs player this season.

“Been feeling good for a while now,” Dellavedova said after his best performance of the season. “Been playing a lot more recently with all the injuries, so I’ve been able to get a better rhythm after the All-Star break. I feel comfortable.”

Dellavedova threw perfect lob passes to his teammates and kept the offense afloat when Sexton was on the bench.  

The Cavaliers were also without Andre Drummond. He’s missed five of the last six games with a calf injury.

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