LeBron hopes to get Cavs back on track in Denver

(SportsNetwork.com) – The star-studded Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a poor
1-3 start and hope to silence the critics when they close out a four-game road
trip Friday against the Denver Nuggets.

The Cavaliers dropped a 102-100 decision to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, as
Gordon Hayward buried the game-winning shot at the buzzer.

Kyrie Irving had 34 points and no assists, while LeBron James finished with 31
points and Kevin Love added 14 and eight rebounds. Tristan Thompson had eight
of the 13 bench points for the Cavs, who shot 41.7 percent from the floor.

“You have to continue to work the process. You hate to lose as competitors,
but we felt like tonight we improved,” James said.

The Cavs scored 24 points off 15 Utah turnovers and made 34-of-40 free throws.
They only managed six assists, which tied a franchise record for fewest in a

James has scored in double figures in 576 straight games.

Denver has lost three in a row since opening the season with a win versus the
Detroit Pistons.

The Nuggets lost both games of a home-and-home series with the Sacramento
Kings and suffered a 131-109 setback on Wednesday. Randy Foye scored 19 points
off the bench and both Wilson Chandler and Ty Lawson had 13 points.

Denver was outscored 37-18 in the third quarter.

“Every game is going to be a tough game for us, we’re not that good right
now,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said.

It doesn’t get any easier with James and the Cavs in town. Cleveland took both
meetings with Denver last season, but the Nuggets have won six of the last
nine games in this series.

Cleveland has lost 10 of its past 14 trips to the Rocky Mountains.