Breakfast Special: LeBron 1, Denver 1

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Denver Nuggets last week, falling 126-117 at home and jeopardizing their hold on third place in the East.

Wednesday, the Cavs went to Denver and got even, consolidating their hold on third and sinking the Nuggets out of the West top eight entirely.

Cleveland won 113-108 behind 39 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists from the King, who shot 15-of-25 from the field in the process.

Denver turned the ball over 21 times to Cleveland’s 10, and it was a terrible waste of a great game from Nikola Jokic, who had 36 points on 12-of-14 shooting and 10-of-11 from the line to go with 13 rebounds.

But this is about winners. And LeBron? Hail to the winner:

The Unstoppable Utah Jazz

Utah’s defense can, on its best day, be the best in the league. Winners of 16 out of 18, and in possession of the league’s fourth-best defensive rating, in a virtual tie for eighth at five games over .500, the Jazz marched into Indiana and wrecked the Pacers 104-84.

The Pacers shot just 38.6 percent from the field and 13 percent from three. Victor Oladipo had 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting, while on the Jazz side, Rudy Gobert led the way with 23 points and 14 rebounds on 10-of-14.

Utah moved the ball exceptionally well, assisting on 30 of their 41 made shots.

And more surprisingly, Myles Turner was the only Pacer with a positive plus/minus, recording a plus-2 on 24 points and 10-of-14 shooting.

But this day belonged to the Jazz, as l’homme du jeu Gobert gets the highlight reel:

Maybe You Can Win Them All…If You’re Houston

The Rockets have now won 17 in a row after marching into Milwaukee and dropping the Bucks 110-99 to complete a successful road back-to-back.

James Harden had 26 to lead the way on 8-of-20 shooting, the Rockets as a team hit 14-of-40 from three-point land against just 9-of-28 for the Bucks, and despite 30 from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the rest of the Bucks just didn’t have the touch, shooting just 41.2 percent when the Greek Freak’s 12-of-20 night gets deducted from the overall performance.

And when you put that together…well, that’s why the man of the match honors go to Harden:

Lightning Round!

The Grizzlies are tanking like true professionals; they marched into Chicago and gave up 53.2 percent shooting from the field to lose 119-110.

It’s 15 losses in a row for the 18-46 Grizz, with the Jazz coming up next.

Highlights for the Bulls:

The Raptors’ continued dominance of the East almost ran into a snag in Detroit, as the Pistons, smarting from a beatdown at the hands of Cleveland, took Toronto to overtime before falling 121-119.

DeMar DeRozan came to the rescue, scoring 42 points on 16-of-28 shooting, before Fred VanVleet made the game-winner:

Nikola Mirotic scored 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting off the bench, New Orleans hit 56.6 percent from the field, and the Pelicans disposed of the Kings 114-101 in Sacramento:

And finally, the Lakers barely beat the Magic 108-107 behind 27 points from Brook Lopez and 20 from Kyle Kuzma:

We apologize for the late Special this morning (long story, health reasons, I’m OK now), but Is He Any Good will run in its usual slot later. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!