Lyou Cleveland Cavaliers from spanish Ricky Rubio they knew how to take advantage of the opportunity that some clumsy gave them Denver nuggets and
Nuggets 87-99 Cavaliers | NBA: Ricky Rubio vs Facundo Campazzo: the hottest duel in the NBA falls on the Spanish side with pique and scuffle
Lyou Cleveland Cavaliers from spanish Ricky Rubio they knew how to take advantage of the opportunity that some clumsy gave them Denver nuggets and surpassed the team of Facundo Campazzo87-99 in an irregular match marked by the confrontation between the Spanish and Argentine bases.
The incident between Rubio and Campazzo It occurred in the third quarter when the Nuggets had reached one point behind the Cavs after placing a 9-2 run against Cleveland. When the Spanish point guard had the ball in his hands, Campazzo lunged and hit Rubio’s right knee.
Rubio fell to the ground in pain and when he got up, He faced Campazzo, who had not yet moved to El Masnou’s side of the base. The two point guards hit head to head and exchanged words at the same time as they pushed each other with their bodies.
When it seemed that the two were going to come to blows, the rest of the players and part of the technical team separated Rubio and Campazzo, who each received a technical foul.
Cut in the Denver beat
In the end, those hardest hit by the spike between the two bases were the Nuggets, who lost momentum and went from 65-66 to 65-70 with 2 minutes to go from the end of the second quarter. Although before the end of the period they tied 70-70 after a 5-0 run.
The Serbian of the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic, finished the game with his third consecutive double-double by scoring 24 points, 19 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals of the ball, although he also lost 6 balls.
His companions Aaron Gordon and Will Barton they followed him in points, with 12 each. Campazzo was content with 3 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 loss of the ball.
Bad gives for the attack of the Nuggets
In the Cavs they stood out Kevin Love, with 22 points and 6 rebounds, and Jarret Allen, with a double-double of 21 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists. Rubio scored 7 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 1 tap and 2 losses of the ball.
The Cavs, who did not have a particularly good game and finished with 46.3% in shots from the field and only 28% in triples, took the game thanks to the 22 turnovers suffered by the Nuggets, which became 32 points for the visitors.
The Nuggets’ numbers were bad. 40.7% from field shots and 23.7% from 3-pointers, 47 rebounds, two less than the Cavs. Denver forced 16 losses to Cleveland but they only made 16 points from those opponent’s mistakes.
The game started with the Cavs moving the ball better in attack, especially when Rubio was on the court. The Spanish point guard soon tuned in to Allen, as he demonstrated when he served the Cavs’ tall man an alleyoop with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Rubio and Allen will replay the play in the third quarter, shortly before the Campazzo incident.
When the first 12 minutes ended, the Cavs were 5 points ahead on the scoreboard, 24-29.
Lack of rhythm
In the second quarter, the effectiveness of the two teams went down. Denver’s men were the ones who came out the best, scoring 22 points to the Cavaliers’ 21 in the fourth, leaving the score at the break at 46-50.
On the way back, Denver’s team lost again. But when it seemed that the local team began to focus there was the clash between Rubio and Campazzo. The period ended with the Cavaliers 5 points up, 70-75.
But It wasn’t the night of the Jokic and Campazzo team. The Nuggets came within three points as soon as the final quarter started, but it was all a mirage. Denver lost two balls, committed a personal offense and missed a shot, all consecutively in the space of less than two minutes.
And the Cavs did not forgive. In two minutes of play they got to 10 points, 72-82, and the Nuggets were unable to recover.