CLEVELAND - Denver coach George Karl thinks it's about time people started taking notice of his team.
Given the fact the Nuggets have the NBA's longest active winning streak, Karl has good reason to feel that way.
Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Kenneth Faried added 17 and Denver won its ninth straight game with a 111-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Although the Nuggets have the fourth-best record in the Western Conference, no Denver player was selected for next Sunday's All-Star Game, a fact Karl is quick to point out.
"We're going to try and shock the world and become the first team to win a championship without an All-Star," he said.
The Nuggets, who have won 15 of 17, are on their longest winning streak since posting 10 straight victories from March 30-April 15, 2005.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 26 points, but was plagued by foul trouble. The All-Star guard picked up his fourth foul with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter and went to the bench with the Nuggets leading 72-61. Irving returned to start the fourth quarter with Denver ahead 84-73. He scored 12 points in the period, but Cleveland's rally fell short.
Irving was down on the court briefly after taking a knee to the thigh in the fourth quarter, but said following the game he was OK.
The loss ended Cleveland's three-game winning streak that matched a season high. The Cavaliers haven't won four games in a row since March 17-24, 2010, which was LeBron James' final season with the franchise.
"We ran into a team playing very good basketball," Cleveland coach Byron Scott said.
"I'm not disappointed in our effort. Tonight, they were a better team."
Alonzo Gee scored 20 points for Cleveland, with 16 coming in the first quarter.
• 76ers 87, Bobcats 76: In Philadelphia, Lavoy Allen had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 20 points to lead the 76ers.
Evan Turner had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeremy Pargo scored 12 points in his Sixers debut. Pargo signed a 10-day contract this week after he was waived by Cleveland.
• Pistons 105, Bucks 100: In Milwaukee, Charlie Villanueva hit a three-pointer with 9.7 seconds left and Rodney Stuckey sealed the win with two free throws for Detroit.
• Mavericks 116, Warriors 91: In Dallas, Shawn Marion had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks handed Golden State its fourth straight loss. O.J. Mayo added 19 points for Dallas.
• Kings 120, Jazz 109: In Sacramento, Calif., Isaiah Thomas had a game-high 25 points and Marcus Thornton added 24 as the Kings won.