Denver Nuggets win ninth straight

Denver Nuggets Danilo Gallinari (8) lays the ball in between Cleveland Cavaliers defenders Tristan Thompson (13) and Tyler Zeller during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Cleveland, February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points to lead the Nuggets over the Cavaliers in Cleveland. (Reuters)

Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Kenneth Faried added 17, and the Denver Nuggets won their ninth straight game with a 111-103 victory over the Cavaliers Saturday night in Cleveland.

The Nuggets, who have won 15 of 17, are on their longest winning streak since posting 10 straight victories from March 30-April 15, 2005.

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 26 points but was plagued by foul trouble. The All-Star guard picked up his fourth foul with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter and went to the bench with the Nuggets leading, 72-61. Irving returned to start the fourth quarter with Denver ahead, 84-73. He scored 12 points in the period, but Cleveland’s rally fell short.

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The loss ended Cleveland’s three-game winning streak.

Alonzo Gee scored 20 points for Cleveland with 16 coming in the first quarter.

The Nuggets built a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers cut the gap to 105-99 with 1:40 remaining, but Gallinari’s two free throws and Faried’s dunk put the game away.

Denver outscored Cleveland, 19-5, in fast-break points. The Nuggets also had 62 points in the paint compared to 32 for the Cavaliers. The Nuggets committed 20 turnovers, leading to 24 points for the Cavaliers.

76ers 87, Bobcats 76 — Lavoy Allen had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 20 points to lead host Philadelphia over Charlotte.

Evan Turner had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeremy Pargo scored 12 points in his Sixers debut. Pargo signed a 10-day contract this week after he was waived by Cleveland.

The Sixers improved to 5-2 on their eight-game homestand that ends Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers. The solid showing at home has helped the Sixers inch closer to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Ramon Sessions scored 20 points, Byron Mullens had 16, and Gerald Henderson 13 as the NBA-worst Bobcats lost their seventh straight.

Wearing No. 0, Pargo was a pleasant surprise in his first game since he was waived at the end of last month. He started 11 of his 25 games played with the Cavaliers and averaged 7.8 points. He even scored a career-high 28 against the Sixers in November.

With only a 10-day contract to prove his worth, Pargo was a nice spark off the bench, hustling and having fun for a team that needed a dose of both.

He had the play of the game when he drove the length of the court for a righthanded layup and a foul. He gave a playful smile to fans on the baseline, then sank the free throw for a 16-point lead.

Pistons 105, Bucks 100 — Charlie Villanueva hit a 3-pointer with 9.7 seconds left and Rodney Stuckey sealed the win with two free throws as Detroit slipped by host Milwaukee.