Brook Lopez scored the tiebreaking basket with 1.4 seconds remaining and the host New Jersey Nets beat Cleveland, 103-101, last night, handing the Cavaliers their 17th straight defeat.
Lopez led the Nets with 28 points and Anthony Morrow scored 16 off the bench. Cleveland’s losing streak is its longest since dropping 19 in a row to close the 1981-82 season.
The Cavaliers have lost 21 straight road games, matching the team record set from Jan. 13 to April 14, 2003. Their last road win came in New Jersey Nov. 9. They play the Celtics at TD Garden tonight.
Antawn Jamison scored 26 points to pace the Cavaliers. Daniel Gibson had 19 and Ramon Sessions added 16.
Hornets 91, Thunder 89 — Chris Paul made a critical steal with just more than 10 seconds left, David West swished a 17-foot fadeaway with 0.5 on the clock, and host New Orleans pulled out its ninth straight victory.
Paul finished with 24 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals. West had 20 points for New Orleans, which overcame a 15-point first-half hole and then held Oklahoma City to one basket during the final 4:19.
Kevin Durant scored 22 points for the Thunder.
Pistons 103, Magic 96 — Tracy McGrady and Tayshaun Prince each scored 20 points to help Detroit to a victory over host Orlando.
The Pistons scored 26 points off 16 Orlando turnovers and shot 50 percent from 3-point range to earn their first victory of the season over the Magic.
Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon added 16 points apiece for Detroit.
Knicks 115, Wizards 106 — Amar’e Stoudemire ended a mini-slump with 30 points, and host New York snapped a six-game losing streak.
Raymond Felton ended his dismal stretch with 17 points and 15 assists as the Knicks (23-21) avoided falling back to .500 with what would have been their longest skid of the season.
Nick Young scored 22 points for the Wizards.
Grizzlies 100, Raptors 98 — Rudy Gay hit a tiebreaking jumper with less than a second to play, Zach Randolph had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and visiting Memphis beat Toronto.
Gay scored 21 points, Marc Gasol had 17, O.J. Mayo had 15, and Mike Conley 13 for the Grizzlies, who won their third straight, a season high.
Andrea Bargnani scored 29 points and DeMar DeRozan had 25 for the Raptors.
Bulls 92, Bucks 83 — Kurt Thomas scored 22 points and Derrick Rose added 21 points and 10 assists to lead Chicago over visiting Milwaukee.
Thomas also had nine rebounds and five assists in the win.
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored a season-high 30 points, 1 shy of his career high, for the Bucks.
Rockets 129, Timberwolves 125 — Kevin Martin scored 34 points and Shane Battier added a season-high 19 to lead Houston in Minneapolis.
Luis Scola added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who beat a Western Conference team for the first time in their last eight tries.
Kevin Love had 24 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 assists and Wes Johnson added 19 points for the Timberwolves.
Spurs 113, Warriors 102 — Manu Ginobili scored 20 points and had seven assists and five other players scored in double figures as San Antonio cruised past host Golden State.
Tony Parker added 18 points and 11 assists, Tim Duncan had 16 points and seven rebounds, and Antonio McDyess had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the NBA-best Spurs (38-7) cruised to an otherwise stress-free victory.
Kings 96, Trail Blazers 81 — Tyreke Evans scored 26 points and Sacramento earned a win over Portland.
Evans was one of five Kings to score in double figures as Sacramento (10-32) won its fourth road game of the season.
76ers 105, Suns 95 — Thaddeus Young scored 24 points, Elton Brand had 22 points and nine rebounds, and host Philadelphia beat Phoenix.