Cavaliers growing more injured with each defeat
CLEVELAND – While the wins keep piling up for Dallas, all the Cavaliers keep adding are injuries.
Monta Ellis scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 15 and the Mavericks won their fifth consecutive game Sunday, 109-90 over the Cavaliers.
Kevin Love scored a season-high 30 for Cleveland, which again played without LeBron James, who is out with knee and back soreness. Kyrie Irving left in the third quarter because of lower back tightness and won't travel to Philadelphia for Monday's game.
"I'm in a lot of pain right now," said Irving, who missed two games last week because of a sore left knee. "I just have to get through it. It stinks because you have two injuries at one time."
•BIG APPLE BLUES: Milwaukee handed the New York Knicks their 11th consecutive loss, and team-record 10th in a row at home, 95-82. The Knicks (5-31) are one loss from tying the team record for consecutive losses.
•SUNS LIGHT UP SCOREBOARD: Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points, fellow guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas added 18 apiece and the Phoenix Suns handed the Raptors their second blowout loss in a row, 125-109.
•CLUTCH KOBE: Kobe Bryant sank the go-ahead jumper with 12.4 seconds to play, leading the host Lakers to an 88-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
•MIAMI HALTS SLIDE: Dwyane Wade scored 10 of his 25 points in the final minutes, and the Miami Heat held off the visiting Brooklyn Nets 88-84.
•CHANGE TO BELIEVE?: The Pistons are 10-23 — but 5-0 since Josh Smith's release last month — after their 114-95 home victory over the Sacramento Kings.