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Friday, Feb. 11, 2011

Pistons hand Cavs 26th straight defeat

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers' record-setting losing streak is intact.

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Top rookie: Blake Griffin of the Clippers dives for a loose ball as New York's Shawne Williams (left) and Timofey Mozgov look on Wednesday. Los Angeles beat the Knicks 116-108. AP PHOTO

Byron Scott finally snapped.

Cleveland's first-year coach unloaded on his team during and after a listless 103-94 loss on Wednesday night, extending the Cavs' NBA record skid to 26 and tying them with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers — the longtime national punch line for failure — for the longest stretch of incompetence in major American pro sports.

"I'm mad as hell," said Scott, who kept the post-game locker room closed for more than 30 minutes. "I can deal with losing, especially when our guys play as hard as they have in the last couple weeks, but I find it very hard to deal with when guys don't come out ready to play."

The Pistons were supposedly a beatable opponent for the cellar-dwelling Cavs (8-45), still winless since Dec. 18 and now losers of a hard-to-imagine 36 of 37.

Instead, Cleveland's season slipped further into shame.

The Cavs' next chance to end the slide will be Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rodney Stuckey scored 22 to pace the Pistons.

Antawn Jamison tallied 20 of his 22 points in the second half for Cleveland.

Mavericks 102, Kings 100

In Sacramento, Jason Terry scored 22 points, Jose Barea had 20 and Dallas won its 10th straight game.

Samuel Dalembert had a season-high 20 points for the Kings.

Bulls 91, Jazz 86

In Salt Lake City, Derrick Rose scored 29 points and former Jazz players Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer made key plays late to lift Chicago in Carlos Boozer's return to Utah.

Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 28 points.

Wizards 100, Bucks 85

In Washington, Nick Young scored a flashy 26 points, JaVale McGee had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and the Wizards broke an eight-game losing streak.

Brandon Jennings scored 20 points to lead the Bucks.

Nets 103, Hornets 101 (OT)

In Newark, N.J., Brook Lopez hit two go-ahead free throws with 24.3 seconds to play in overtime and New Jersey snapped a three-game losing streak and extended New Orleans' slide to four.

Sasha Vujacic scored a career-high 25 for the Nets.

David West led the Hornets with 32 points and 15 rebounds.

Clippers 116, Knicks 108

In New York, Randy Foye scored 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Blake Griffin added 21 and Los Angeles snapped a seven-game road losing streak.

Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points for the Knicks.

Warriors 116, Nuggets 114

In Oakland, Calif., Monta Ellis scored 37 points, Dorell Wright had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Golden State beat short-handed Denver.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 29 points for the Nuggets.

Spurs 111, Raptors 100

In Toronto, DeJuan Blair matched a career high by scoring 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, George Hill had 18 points and San Antonio won its fourth straight game.

Andrea Bargnani scored 29 points for the Raptors.

Magic 99, 76ers 95

In Philadelphia, Dwight Howard had 30 points and 17 rebounds as Orlando downed the 76ers.

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