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Nuggets guard Ty Lawson out with sore left ankle against Cavaliers

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DENVER — Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson will miss the game Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore left ankle.

PHOTO: Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, left, tries to stop the drive of Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014..(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, left, tries to stop the drive of Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014..(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

The team announced the injury shortly before the opening tip. Nate Robinson will start in his place.

The speedy Lawson was hampered in the preseason by a balky hamstring. He's averaging 12.5 points and 7.8 assists this season.

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