NBA roundup: Cavaliers match longest single-season losing skid

Published: Saturday, Feb. 5 2011 12:26 a.m. MST

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

The Cavaliers tied the 1995-96 Grizzlies, then in Vancouver, and the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets. They 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 over the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.

Zach Randolph had 29 points and 13 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 26 points and 11 boards, and the Grizzlies won their season-best fifth straight.

J.J. Hickson matched his career high with 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Cleveland, which hasn't won since a Dec. 18 overtime victory over the New York Knicks.

Cleveland gave Memphis all it could handle through the first three quarters, but the Grizzlies put together 13 straight points to open the fourth en route to their eighth win in nine games.

MAVERICKS 101, CELTICS 97: At Boston, Jason Kidd made a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left, putting Dallas ahead and leading the Mavericks to their seventh straight win. The Celtics led 97-91, but the Mavericks scored the final 10 points. After Kevin Garnett missed an 18-foot jumper with 15 seconds to go, the Mavericks tried to go inside, but Dirk Nowitzki had trouble handling the ball and threw it to Kidd, who made his second 3-pointer of the game.

After a timeout, Boston's Rajon Rondo threw the ball over Garnett's head and out of bounds on an alley-oop play. Garnett then fouled Nowitzki, who made two free throws with 2.2 seconds left. Ray Allen then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Boston.

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

HEAT 109, BOBCATS 97: At Charlotte, N.C., Dwyane Wade had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, showing no ill effects from a sore back, and Miami earned its fifth consecutive victory. Wade wasn't sure he'd 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 Bobcats guard Eddie House scored 16 and hit three consecutive 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter when the Heat took control.

Gerald Wallace broke out of his scoring slump with 25 points and Stephen Jackson also scored 25 for the Bobcats, who ran out of steam late as they returned from a 4-2 road trip.

MAGIC 110, WIZARDS 92: At Washington, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead Orlando to the victory in Gilbert Arenas' return to the Verizon Center.

While the pregame attention was on Arenas, Howard was the star of the game.

A night after playing all 48 minutes in a 104-100 loss to Miami, Howard made his first 10 field goals and didn't miss a shot until 2:20 remained in the third quarter.

In his first Washington appearance since being traded to the Magic for Rashard Lewis on Dec. 18, Arenas had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists. He checked in with 1:31 to play in the first quarter to a mostly warm reception.

Nick Young and Kirk Hinrich had 17 points apiece for the Wizards, who have lost seven straight and nine of 10.

RAPTORS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 100: At Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 20 and Toronto snapped a 13-game losing streak.

Jose Calderon tied his career high with 19 assists as the Raptors won for the first time since a home victory over Sacramento on Jan. 2. Toronto has won seven straight home games against Minnesota.

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