Cavs hit futility record

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Ryan Hollins (right) is knocked back by Dallas' Shawn Marion. Cleveland was beaten for the 25th game in a row on Monday.

DALLAS --- Over one season or two, no team in NBA history has lost as many games in a row as these Cleveland Cavaliers.


The surging Dallas Mavericks beat Cleveland 99-96 on Monday night, making it 25 consecutive losses for the Cavs.

Cleveland already held the record for the most losses in a single season, but the league also keeps a record for losses spread over two seasons. This topped that one, too, making it the most consecutive losses in league history, period.

The previous record also was held by the Cavaliers, from 1982-83.

Jason Terry scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to send Dallas to its ninth win in a row, the longest active streak in the NBA.


In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Wallace scored 19 points, including the clinching free throws with 3 seconds left, and Charlotte overcame top scorer Stephen Jackson's ejection to beat short-handed Boston.

Shaun Livingston added a season-high 18 points, little-used Eduardo Najera had a key 3-pointer late, and the Bobcats snapped a six-game losing streak to Boston in a testy game that included five technical fouls and another emotional outburst by Jackson.


In New Orleans, Kevin Love had 27 points and 17 rebounds, and struggling Minnesota maintained its surprising dominance of playoff-contending New Orleans.

Minnesota's Michael Beasley, who had 14 points, had to be helped off the floor with a left leg injury, and starting center Darko Milicic departed with a strained left hip flexor.


In Memphis, Tenn., Kobe Bryant scored 19 points and Lamar Odom had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a win over Memphis.

The Lakers, who tied the season series 2-all, have won three of four overall. The Grizzlies have lost two in a row but still have won five of their past seven.



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