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Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011

Cavs drop 23rd straight, tie mark

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers are haunted again by losing No. 23.

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Frustration builds: Cleveland's Ramon Sessions is guarded by Memphis' Mike Conley during the second half on Friday night. The Grizzlies beat the Cavaliers 112-105. AP PHOTO

The Cavaliers matched the longest single-season losing streak in NBA history, dropping their 23rd straight game with a 112-105 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

The Cavs tied the 1995-96 Grizzlies, then in Vancouver, and the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets for longest skid in one season, and can equal their own overall mark for futility with a loss in Saturday night's game at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Cleveland lost 24 straight games spanning the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.

"Watching the guys in the locker room, the one thing I can say is guys are very disappointed in the way we finished the game," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "And maybe that's a good thing."

One season after losing LeBron James, who led the Cavs to the league's best record the last two seasons while wearing No. 23, Cleveland (8-42) clinched a losing record.

"Everybody was really quiet with their heads down," said center J.J. Hickson, who matched his career best with 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. "We're not playing to lose. We're not going out there trying to lose. I think we did a good job of playing hard."

Ramon Sessions finished with 20 points and Antawn Jamison scored 19 for the Cavs, who haven't won since a Dec. 18 overtime victory over the New York Knicks.

Zach Randolph had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Rudy Gay added 26 points and 11 boards as Memphis won its season-best fifth straight.

Heat 109, Bobcats 97

In Charlotte, Dwyane Wade had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, showing no ill effects from a sore back, to lead Miami past the Bobcats for its fifth consecutive victory.

Wade wasn't sure he would play up until about an hour before tip-off after getting hurt a night earlier, but he logged 40 minutes and led an efficient offense that shot 55 percent from the field.

LeBron James added 19 points, while former Charlotte guard Eddie House scored 16 and hit three consecutive 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter when the Heat took control.

Jazz 113, Nuggets 106

In Denver, Deron Williams' return to the lineup helped Utah snap out of its funk with a win over the Nuggets.

The Jazz had lost eight of 10 and had been without Williams for the last four games after he strained a tendon in his right wrist against San Antonio on Jan. 26.

Williams scored 26 points and dished out 12 assists in his return — better than his season averages of 21.9 points and 9.4 assists that earned him his second straight All-Star pick this week.

Magic 110, Wizards 92

In Washington, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead Orlando to the victory in Gilbert Arenas' return to the Verizon Center.

Raptors 111, T-Wolves 100

In Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 20 and the Raptors snapped a 13-game losing streak.

Toronto's Jose Calderon tied his career high with 19 assists.

76ers 100, Knicks 98

In Philadelphia, Elton Brand scored a season-high 33 points and the Sixers used a 15-0 run late in the fourth quarter to get the win.

Pacers 100, Trail Blazers 87

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 25 points and the Pacers improved to 3-0 under interim coach Frank Vogel.

Pistons 92, Nets 82

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Tayshaun Prince scored 22 points, and the Pistons snapped a four-game losing streak.

Thunder 111, Thunder 107

In Phoenix, Jeff Green scored 28 points and Serge Ibaka added 18 on 9-of-10 shooting to help Oklahoma City escape with a victory over the Suns.

Vince Carter scored a season-high 33 for Phoenix, but missed three long-range jumpers down the stretch.

Mavericks 101, Celtics 97

In Boston, Jason Kidd made a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left, putting the Mavericks ahead as they beat the Celtics for their seventh straight win.

Nowitzki led Dallas with 29 points, while Ray Allen topped Boston with 24.

Allen went 3-for-6 on his 3-pointers and needs to make six more to break Reggie Miller's NBA record of 2,560. His next chance to add to his total of 2,555 comes Sunday at home against the Orlando Magic.

Hawks 101, Clippers 100

In Atlanta, Al Horford made two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining following a flagrant foul by Blake Griffin, giving the Hawks the win.

Spurs 113, Kings 100

In Sacramento, Tony Parker scored 25 points and had seven assists and San Antonio defeated the Kings.

All-Star call for Love

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Love will be going to the NBA All-Star Game.

The NBA's leading rebounder was added to the Western Conference roster on Friday night by Commissioner David Stern as the injury replacement for Houston center Yao Ming.

Love was arguably the biggest snub when reserves were announced Thursday night. He entered play Friday averaging 21.4 points and 15.5 rebounds, and shooting 43.9 percent from 3-point range.

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