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 straight 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.

Cleveland had a chance to tie it with a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but made one pass too many and time expired without a shot going up.


ROCKETS 108, NUGGETS 103: Carmelo Anthony scored 50 points but visiting Houston had a pair of dominant performances to pick up the win in Denver.

Kevin Martin scored 37 points and added seven assists while Luis Scola had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets.

Anthony was impressive in all facets, hitting 16 of 24 shots and 16 of 18 free throws. He added 11 rebounds and three blocks.


TIMBERWOLVES 104, HORNETS 92: Kevin Love had 27 points and 17 rebounds, and the struggling Timberwolves maintained their surprising dominance of the playoff-contending Hornets in New Orleans.

Minnesota’s second double-digit win over New Orleans this season might have been a costly one, though. 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. Minnesota hit 11 3-pointers and made all 25 of its free throws.


LAKERS 93, GRIZZLIES 84: Kobe Bryant scored 19 points and Lamar Odom had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lakers to a road win.

Memphis got within two points in the fourth quarter, but Los Angeles took advantage of five Grizzlies turnovers to go on an 11-0 run and take an 89-76 lead.

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

Pau Gasol scored 17 points for the Lakers.


Jerry Sloan agreed to a one-year contact extension to remain as head coach of the Utah Jazz. This is Sloan’s 23rd season as Utah’s head coach. … Nene was held out of the Nuggets’ game Monday against the Rockets because of the flu. Nuggets Coach George Karl said a couple of his assistants also have been hit hard by the bug. He said Nene was “dehydrated and doesn’t have the energy to go.” … The Rockets were without suspended guard Aaron Brooks against the Nuggets. The Rockets suspended Brooks for one game for leaving the court in the fourth quarter of their win over Memphis on Saturday. … The Raptors signed guard Trey Johnson to a second 10-day contract.