DENVER, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Marcus Camby helped Denver to an early big lead and the Nuggets were able to hold on Friday night for a 110-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland's LeBron James got his first triple-double of the season -- scoring 30 points and getting 10 rebounds and 10 assists -- but the Cavaliers still dropped their third consecutive game.
Denver was in control much of the game and led by 25 points in the third quarter. The Nuggets had defensive lapses that allowed Cleveland to climb back to within 100-92 when James hit a lay-up with four minutes to play.
The Cavs eventually got within 103-98 with 3:15 left before Nene Hilario hit two free throws for Denver and then blocked a shot. He took the ball all the way to the basket for a slam and Denver was again comfortably ahead, 109-98, with 2:11 to go.
Camby finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds, and Allen Iverson had 25 points and nine assists for the Nuggets.