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Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011

Cavaliers handed 19th straight loss

CLEVELAND (AP) Every word Byron Scott uttered was soaked with dejection.

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Still around: Denver's Carmelo Anthony drives past Cleveland's Joey Graham on Friday. AP PHOTO

As Cleveland's first-year coach analyzed yet another loss by the lowly Cavaliers, Scott was asked if he could identify one positive on another dreary night.

"Yeah," he said. "It's over."

Sadly for the Cavs, their losing streak isn't done.

Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points, Arron Afflalo added 23 and the Denver Nuggets avoided any embarrassment by beating Cleveland 117-103 on Friday night, handing the pathetic Cavaliers their team record-tying 19th straight loss.

Still winless in 2011, the Cavs have also dropped 29 of 30 and are now just five losses away from breaking the NBA record of 23 consecutive defeats in one season, an inglorious mark shared by Vancouver (1995-96) and Denver (1997-98).

"Disappointing," said Scott, who played for the expansion Grizzlies when they lost 23 straight. "We continue to spot teams 20-point leads and then we're fighting up hill all game long. We were on our heels the whole night. But I'm not going to throw my hands up. That's not me."

Kings 100, Lakers 95

In Los Angeles, DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Omri Casspi added 20 points and Sacramento snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Lakers with a stunning victory over the two-time defending champions.

Kobe Bryant passed Hakeem Olajuwon for eighth place on the NBA's career scoring list while scoring 21 of his 38 points in the first quarter.

Suns 88, Celtics 71

In Phoenix, Marcin Gortat had career highs of 19 points and 17 rebounds, Vince Carter added 17 points and the Suns ran over weary Boston in a game that turned ugly late.

The Celtics, the NBA's top-shooting team, never found a rhythm offensively, shooting 34 percent and making just two of their 18 3-point attempts. Kevin Garnett had 18 points and nine rebounds, but was ejected in the fourth quarter after a below-the-belt shot on the Suns' Channing Frye.

Bobcats 121, Warriors 113 (OT)

In Oakland, Stephen Jackson scored 31 points, including a tying 3-pointer in the final second of regulation, and Charlotte rallied for an overtime victory against Golden State.

Bulls 99, Magic 90

In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 22 points despite two painful stomach ulcers, leading the Bulls to a win over the Magic.

Dwight Howard had a season-high 40 points for the Magic.

Hawks 111, Knicks 102

In Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 34 points for the Hawks, who had forward Marvin Williams back for his first start since Dec. 29.

Heat 88, Pistons 87

In Miami, Eddie House hit two deciding free throws with 6.5 seconds left, completing a Heat comeback against Detroit.

LeBron James led all scorers with 39 points, finishing with nine assists and eight rebounds.

Thunder 124, Wizards 117 (2OT)

In Oklahoma City, Washington came close to finally winning its first road game of the season, but was denied in overtime by the Thunder.

Kevin Durant scored 10 of his 40 points in the second overtime.

Russell Westbrook added his third triple-double of the season for Oklahoma City.

The Wizards fell to 0-22 on the road.

Grizzlies 99, 76ers 94

In Philadelphia, Rudy Gay scored 16 points and put Memphis ahead for good with a short shot in traffic, helping the Grizzlies rally from a 21-point deficit and beat the Sixers.

Jazz 108, Timberwolves 100

In Salt Lake City, Paul Millsap scored 30 points and Earl Watson had a season-high 13 assists for Utah in place of Deron Williams, who missed his first game of the season with a wrist injury.

The Timberwolves have lost six straight despite Kevin Love's 32nd consecutive double-double. He had 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Pacers 124, Nets 92

In Indianapolis, Mike Dunleavy scored 30 points to help the Pacers snap a six-game losing streak and beat New Jersey.

Bucks 116, Raptors 110 (OT)

In Toronto, Corey Maggette hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime and Milwaukee went on to hand the Raptors their 10th straight loss.

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