with less than two minutes to play in an eventual 109-108 defeat. Denver will close out the calendar year with winnable home dates against Minnesota and Philadelphia; it still just doesn’t look right when you see in the standings that the Nuggets have a losing record (6-8) in the Pepsi Center and its infamous altitude.
The alarm bells sounded loudly in Motown early last week, when the Pistons responded to a players-only meeting by surrendering 69 points in the first half to the struggling Bulls and wound up getting throttled by 31 — when Chicago was coming off of its own 26-point smoking by Milwaukee.
Volume on the Pistons’ struggles with ball movement and cohesion since the return of Reggie Jackson continues to rise, but Stan Van Gundy is openly scoffing at the notion that Detroit might start to shop Jackson in advance of the Feb. 23 trade deadline. Says SVG: “You can’t be charting your organization’s course based on 10 [bad] games when you went through 82 games and a playoff series.”
The Cavaliers came back from 14 points down to win, the biggest comeback on Christmas Day in the past 10 seasons.
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The game featured 17 dunks, one shy of the most in an NBA game this season. The Cavaliers had 10 of the 17.
Authentic Kids Matt Jones Jersey The Cavaliers held the Warriors to nine 3-pointers. The Warriors are 21-1 this season when they make at least 10 3-pointers in a game. Theyâ€™re 6-4 otherwise.
Kyrie Irving didnâ€™t just hit the winning shot. He also had seven steals, which according to Elias Sports Bureau research is the most in a Christmas Day game. Irving, who also finished with 25 points, had five assists to LeBron James. The only game in which he had more was on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks, when he had six.