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Cavs snap Nuggets' seven-game winning streak

Andrew Bynum scores 14 points in Cleveland's win.

KYRIE IRVING scored 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped the Denver Nuggets' seven-game winning streak with a 98-88 victory last night.

Tristan Thompson had a career-high 21 rebounds and 17 points for the Cavaliers, who won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

"We came out aggressive on both ends of the floor and that's what coach [Mike] Brown has been preaching," Irving said. "It's paying dividends. It starts with the way we practice and carries over into games."

The Nuggets were playing the third game of six-game road trip and lost for the first time since Nov. 18. The trip began with a 14-point win in Toronto on Sunday and a 24-point victory in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Randy Foye led Denver with 16 points, while J.J. Hickson had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Anderson Varejao scored a season-high 18 points and had 13 rebounds for Cleveland, which recorded its largest margin of victory this season. Andrew Bynum had 14 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.

In other games

* At Mexico City, the game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed because of smoky conditions inside the arena caused by a generator malfunction. The game will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.

* At Atlanta, Kyle Korver scored a season-high 23 points and tied the NBA record for consecutive games with a three-pointer in the Hawks' 107-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Korver, returning from a bruised rib that sidelined him the last four games, tied Dana Barros' 18-year-old record by hitting a three-pointer in his 89th straight game.

* At Houston, Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists to lead Phoenix to a 97-88 win over the Rockets. PJ Tucker added 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting with six rebounds.

* At Milwaukee, Andre Drummond had 24 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons over the Bucks, 105-98.

* At New Orleans, Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Pelicans, 100-97.

* At Salt Lake City, Paul George scored 19 points and the Indiana Pacers returned to their defensive ways in beating the Utah Jazz, 95-86.

* At Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds and the Trail Blazers snapped Oklahoma City's eight-game winning streak with a 111-104 victory over the Thunder.


* The Charlotte Bobcats said Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks with a broken left hand.

* Police cited Bucks center Larry Sanders for disorderly conduct and assault and battery in a fight last month at a downtown Milwaukee nightclub. The two charges are municipal citations. Sanders is expected to be out for 6 weeks after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb suffered in the fight.

* Former NBA player Keon Clark was sentenced to 8 years in prison in a plea agreement with prosecutors on weapons and driving under the influence charges. Clark pleaded guilty to two charges in two separate cases and was given 4 years for each count. He previously faced weapon, drug and traffic-related charges.

Clark, 38, was 23 when he became the 13th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. He last played for Utah and Phoenix.