CLEVELAND AT DENVER
7 p.m. Friday, ALT, 104.3 FM, 950 AM
Spotlight on Kyrie Irving: Surely Nuggets fans remember Irving from last season, when he terrorized Denver's defense late in a close game, leading the visitors to a victory. This season, the second-year point guard is at it again, making a case for an all-star selection from a losing team. On Wednesday, he led Cleveland to a 99-83 win against Atlanta by scoring 33 points, including a 5-for-6 effort from 3-point range.
Cavaliers: The Cavaliers have lost nine of their past 12 games at Pepsi Center. ... Cleveland's Anderson Varejao (right knee injury) is out the next six to eight weeks. He's the NBA leader with 14.4 rebounds per game. In the 11 games since Varejao has been out, forward Tristan Thompson has averaged 13.1 points and 12.5 rebounds. ... The Cavs have only won nine games, but actually five of them were on the road. ... Jamahl Mosley, a former CU player and Nuggets assistant, is now an assistant for Cleveland.
Nuggets: Denver is on a three-game winning streak. ... In Denver's last game, forward Kenneth Faried scored 19 points with 19 rebounds, while shooting 7-for-10 from the field. Lakers center Dwight Howard is the only other player this season to have a game with at least 19 and 19 while shooting 70 percent or better. ... Nuggets assistant coach Melvin Hunt was previously a Cavaliers assistant. ... Nuggets guard Andre Miller, drafted by Cleveland in 1999, played three seasons for the Cavs, averaging 14.5 points and 8.2 assists. Denver center Kosta Koufos grew up in nearby Canton, Ohio, and said Miller was one of his favorite players to watch on the Cavs.