Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Kenneth Faried added 17 points with seven boards, as the Denver Nuggets held on for a 111-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena. Andre Iguodala had 14 points, dished out seven helpers to go along with four rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won nine straight for the first time in eight seasons. JaVale McGee donated 13 points, while connecting on 6-of-7 shooting and Ty Lawson had 11 points in the victory. Alonzo Gee finished with 20 points, while shooting a perfect 8- of-8 from the field, including 3-of-3 from downtown for the Cavaliers, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Kyrie Irving paced Cleveland with 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the loss.
Final Score: Philadelphia 87, Charlotte 76
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Lavoy Allen pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds -- half on the offensive glass -- to go with 14 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers sent the Charlotte Bobcats to a seventh straight loss with an 87-76 decision at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers were outscored at the free throw line, 20-7, but had 24 more points in the paint and got a spark from Jeremy Pargo, who played 29-plus minutes and posted 12 points and six assists two days after signing a 10-day contract. Jrue Holiday netted 20 points, Spencer Hawes added 17 and Evan Turner recorded 16 points and 10 boards in a balanced attack for Philadelphia, which improved to 5-2 on an eight-game homestand that concludes Monday against the Clippers. Ramon Sessions had 20 points for the Bobcats, who shot just 31 percent from the floor in yet another setback.
Final Score: Dallas 116, Golden State 91
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Shawn Marion netted a season-high 26 points with 11 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks sent the struggling Golden State Warriors to a fourth straight loss with a 116-91 victory on Saturday. Dallas overwhelmed Golden State by grabbing a 62-36 advantage by halftime and never looked back. O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Darren Collison had 18 with eight assists to help the Mavs string together consecutive wins and avoid a season sweep to the Warriors. Elton Brand tallied 11 points and 11 boards off the bench in the victory. Golden State concluded its four-game road trip without a win in enduring its longest losing streak of the season. Stephen Curry scored 18 points, but on 8-of-23 shooting. The Warriors shot just 38.2 percent as a team in the setback.
Final Score: Detroit 105, Milwaukee 100
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Charlie Villanueva nailed a 3-pointer with 9.7 seconds remaining to lift the Detroit Pistons over the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-100, on Saturday. Jose Calderon, playing in his third game since being acquired from the Raptors, netted 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Pistons, who won their second straight following a victory Friday which snapped San Antonio's 11-game winning streak. Rodney Stuckey donated 19 points, while Villanueva finished with 18 -- on 4-of-7 from behind the arc -- and 13 rebounds in the victory. Brandon Jennings scored a game-high 26 points and dished out seven helpers for the Bucks, who had a chance to tie the game following Villanueva's trey. Jennings got the ball back and drove across halfcourt, but misfired from well beyond the three-point arc, although the clock still showed three seconds, and the Bucks were forced to foul Stuckey, who made two free throws to provide the final points. Ersan Ilyasova and Samuel Dalembert each recorded double-doubles with 15 points and 10 rebounds and 14 points and 12 rebounds, respectively, in the Bucks' third straight defeat.
Final Score: Sacramento 120, Utah 109
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Isaiah Thomas netted 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting and the Sacramento Kings grinded out a 120-109 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday at Sleep Train Arena. Marcus Thornton followed with 24 points, Jason Thompson contributed 21 and DeMarcus Cousins added 13 points with 11 rebounds to help Sacramento avenge Monday's loss at Utah and end a four-game skid. Alec Burks put forth a career-best 24 points, but the Jazz suffered their second straight defeat and third consecutive on the road. Al Jefferson was the only starter for Utah in double-figures, scoring 16 points.