Cavaliers win 12th straight
CLEVELAND — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers keep rolling along.
James scored 32 points to lead the Cavaliers to their 12th straight win last night, a 104-97 victory over the New Jersey Nets. The win gives Cleveland the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. The Cavaliers (42-11) also have the best record in the league.
James, who was named the Eastern Conference's player of the week for the fifth time this season Monday, was 13-of-21 from the field with 11 assists and three rebounds.
"He's an amazing player and keeps getting better and better," New Jersey coach Kiki Vandeweghe said. "There aren't accolades to describe his game."
There have been few accolades to describe how well Cleveland has played lately. Besides their winning streak, the Cavaliers are a league-best 23-3 at home, winning 10 straight and 21 of 22.
"It's impressive no matter what league you're in, no matter who you're playing against," James said. "To have a 12-game winning streak against the best competition in the world is impressive. Hopefully we can continue that on Thursday."
James was referring to Cleveland's next game when Orlando visits Quicken Loans Arena in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Finals, which the Magic won in six games.
OVER AND BACK
Nuggets: Denver forward Carmelo Anthony, who missed the last eight games with a sprained left ankle, returned to the lineup against the Dallas Mavericks last night and scored 19 points in a 127-91 victory, but forward Kenyon Martin sat out because of a knee injury.
76ers: Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson missed last night's game and will miss today's game because of the lingering illness of one of his children. Iverson, who has missed the previous three games, will return for the Sixers' first game following the All-Star break against Miami on Feb. 16. There was no immediate word if Iverson will play in the Feb. 14 All-Star game.
Warriors: Golden State said guard Monta Ellis, sixth in the NBA in scoring at 26.2 points per game, has a sprained left knee and could miss tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He injured the knee late in the fourth quarter of Monday night's home loss to Dallas. An MRI yesterday determined that the injury is mild.
Wizards: Washington players were told that it was unlikely they'd be able to fly into either Washington-area airports after last night's game at Charlotte because of the second major snowstorm to hit that area. The Wizards have been on a weeklong odyssey that begin in New York. It included having a home game postponed and being stranded in Orlando for five days.