Love, Allen guide Cavaliers to 99-87 win over Nuggets

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, right, looks to shoot a basket over Denver Nuggets guard P.J. Dozier in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver.

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, right, looks to shoot a basket over Denver Nuggets guard P.J. Dozier in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, argues for a call with referee Tony Brothers in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver.

    Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, argues for a call with referee Tony Brothers in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, right, looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets forward Jeff Green defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver.

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, right, looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets forward Jeff Green defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio looks to pass the ball against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver.

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio looks to pass the ball against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Denver Nuggets guard Bones Hyland waits to take the court against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver.

    Denver Nuggets guard Bones Hyland waits to take the court against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff directs his team against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver.

    Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff directs his team against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen tosses his warmup shirt to a waiting attendant in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver.

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen tosses his warmup shirt to a waiting attendant in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver. Associated Press

  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen, right, goes up for a shot as Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon and center Nikola Jokic, left, defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver.

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen, right, goes up for a shot as Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon and center Nikola Jokic, left, defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 10/25/2021 10:32 PM

DENVER -- Kevin Love scored 22 points, Jarrett Allen recorded his second straight double-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Denver Nuggets 99-87 on Monday night.

Allen finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds to help the Cavaliers start a five-game trip on the right note. This was on the heels of a 11-point, 14-rebound performance in a win over Atlanta over the weekend.

 

The Cavaliers overcame a big night from NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, who scored 24 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. They held Denver to 9-of-38 shooting from 3-point land, and forced more than 20 turnovers.

Up by 11 in the third quarter, Cleveland saw Denver rally to tie the game at 70. But Love hit a reverse layup to ignite a 19-3 run that helped put the game away.

Darius Garland scored nine points for the Cavs as he returned after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle.

Ricky Rubio and Facundo Campazzo were both issued technicals late in the third quarter after getting in the face of the other. Rubio appeared to take exception with Campazzo's foul in the corner.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Love moved past John 'Hot Rod' Williams for sole possession of fifth place on Cleveland's all-time defensive rebounds list. ... Rookie PF Evan Mobley had 10 points as he dealt with early foul trouble. ... SG Collin Sexton had 14 points.

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Nuggets: G Jamal Murray (torn ACL) went through a shooting routine in pregame warmups as the crowd shuffled into the arena. ... G Will Barton finished with 12 points, while Aaron Gordon had 12 points and nine rebounds.

PATIENCE, PART I

Nuggets coach Michael Malone recently chatted with Bones Hyland about staying patient as he tries to work the rookie guard into the rotation. Hyland saw his first action of the season Monday and had seven points. He was taken 26th overall out of VCU.

'Every rookie has a different path,' Malone said. 'I told Bones that Jamal didn't start and Nikola didn't start. Michael Porter (Jr.) as a rookie probably had 15 DNPs (did not play), and now he's a max player. America's great.'

PATIENCE, PART II

Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff figures it will take about 10 games of tinkering before he settles on a steady rotation.

'We want to give groups an opportunity to be successful or to fail, but they need to have the data behind them,' Bickerstaff explained.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Face the Clippers in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Nuggets: At Utah on Tuesday to complete a back-to-back.

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