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Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

Cavs drop 17th straight

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Brook Lopez had a hard time remembering his last game-winning shot.

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Crunch time conversion: New Jersey's Brook Lopez lets the game-winning shot fly against Cleveland on Monday night. The Nets beat the Cavaliers 103-101. AP PHOTO

"I don't know, it might have been Stanford — but it feels good," the New Jersey Nets center said.

"We ran the play exactly the way we wanted to."

Lopez scored the tiebreaking basket on a turnaround jumper from 3 meters out with 1.4 seconds remaining and the Nets beat Cleveland 103-101 on Monday night, handing the Cavaliers their 17th straight defeat.

Lopez led New Jersey with 28 points and Anthony Morrow scored 16 off the bench. Cleveland's losing streak is its longest since dropping 19 in a row to close the 1981-82 season.

The Cavaliers have lost 21 straight road games, matching the team record set in 2003.

"It's tough to take the loss because I thought our guys played hard enough to get the win," Cleveland coach Byron Scott said.

The final basket by Lopez capped a back-and-forth battle down the stretch between two last-place teams.

The Nets have won three of four since owner Mikhail Prokhorov ended trade talks to acquire Carmelo Anthony from Denver.

Devin Harris had 14 points and 10 assists for New Jersey, while Jordan Farmar and Kris Humphries each scored 11.

Spurs 113, Warriors 102

In Oakland, Manu Ginobili had 20 points and seven assists, and San Antonio endured Tim Duncan's brief injury scare before beating Golden State.

Duncan went down with a left knee injury in the second quarter that had the entire Spurs bench stunned and shaken.

Duncan returned to finish with 16 points and seven rebounds, helping the Spurs rebound from a loss to New Orleans and calm any nerves about what initially appeared to be a serious fall.

Tony Parker added 18 points and 11 assists for San Antonio.

Hornets 91, Thunder 89

In New Orleans, David West swished a midrange fadeaway shot with 0.5 on the clock to give the Hornets a win over Oklahoma City and their ninth straight win.

New Orleans' Chris Paul finished with 24 points, nine assists and three steals.

Bulls 92, Bucks 83

In Chicago, Kurt Thomas scored 22 points, his highest total since Jan. 25, 2005, to lead the Bulls past Milwaukee.

Pistons 103, Magic 96

In Orlando, Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye each scored 20 points to help Detroit beat the Magic.

76ers 105, Suns 95

In Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young scored 24 points as the 76ers downed Phoenix.

Knicks 115, Wizards 106

In New York, the hosts snapped a six-game losing streak while dropping Washington to 0-21 on the road.

Amare Stoudemire ended a mini-slump with 30 points and Raymond Felton had 17 points and 15 assists as the Knicks beat Washington for the seventh straight time in New York.

Grizzlies 100, Raptors 98

In Toronto, Rudy Gay hit a tiebreaking jumper with less than a second to play, giving Memphis a win over the Raptors.

Rockets 129, T-Wolves 125

In Minneapolis, Kevin Martin scored 34 points to help Houston edge Minnesota.

Kings 96, Blazers 81

In Portland, Tyreke Evans scored 26 points and Sacramento earned a win over the Trail Blazers.

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