The Cleveland Cavaliers carved their names into the NBA record books after the team’s 25th straight loss on Monday, 99-96, to the Dallas Mavericks.
Jason Terry scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to fuel the Mavs, who survived a late run by the Cavaliers.
Cleveland was down by 10 with three minutes remaining when Antawn Jamison hit a 3-pointer in the middle of the run to cut the deficit to 97-94. Jamison missed a potential game-tying three the next possession and another with 2.9 seconds remaining.
“Everybody else put such a big emphasis on this just because of their record. They play hard. You can’t just go out there expecting to blow a team out just because they’ve got 20-something losses in a row,” said Shawn Marion about the Cavaliers’ record.
The Dallas Maverick improved to 9-0 this season when Jason Terry scores 10 or more points in the fourth quarter.
Peja Stojakovic made his Mavericks debut at small forward and finished with eight points and five rebounds.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings
The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Sacramento Kings, 102-100, to gain their 10th straight win Wednesday night.
Jose Barea was the offensive focus in the game, playing the biggest role for the Mavericks. Barea had 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of 3-pointers.
He was encouraged to make more plays since Dirk Nowitzki was suffering a sore wrist and having an off game.
“They kept giving me the ball and it kept working out. I love it. I love having the ball in my hands and making things happen,” said Barea.
The Kings have lost four straight and lost a fourth-quarter lead for the 18th time this season. This is also the seventh straight loss to the Mavs.
Jason Terry scored 22 points for Dallas, Jason Kidd added 14 points and eight rebounds and Tyson Chandler contributed 13 points. Nowitzki had 10 points.
Mavericks vs. Nuggets
Arron Affalo hit a 19-foot jumper to beat the buzzer and defeat the Dallas Mavericks, 121-120 Thursday night.
Chauncey Billups was on fire all night, hitting four 3-pointers in 18 minutes and nearly outscored the Mavericks on his own. He finished with 30 points and three assists.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 42 points for Denver before fouling out.
Down 110-100 with 5:02 left, Denver outscored the Mavericks 21-10 to gain the win. Affalo scored 13 of his 24 total points in those final minutes.
Jason Terry scored 25 points but it wasn’t enough to control Affalo and the Denver Nuggets.
“They made some unbelievable shots. We had some breakdowns, and we didn’t get the ball in the hole often enough,” said coach Rick Carlisle.
Next up, the Dallas Mavericks host the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7:30 and the game will be broadcast on FSSW. Tickets are still available. On Thursday night, the Mavericks travel to Phoenix to take on Steve Nash and the Suns. Tip-off is set for 9:30 and the game will broadcast on TNT.