Denver at Phoenix (9 p.m. EST). The Nuggets have lost 22 straight _ one shy of the NBA single-season record. Vancouver lost 23 in a row in 1995-96.

STARS

Thursday

_ Shawn Kemp, Cavaliers, had 29 points as Cleveland snapped a three-game home losing streak with a 112-96 victory over Sacramento.

_ David Wesley, Hornets, scored 26 points, including consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, as Charlotte beat Houston 93-86.

_ Grant Hill, Pistons, scored 35 points in Detroit's 94-76 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

SUPERB IN DEFEAT

Sacramento's Mitch Richmond had 31 points in the Kings' 112-96 loss to Cleveland on Thursday night. The Kings have lost four straight.

STREAK

Charlotte beat Houston 93-86 on Thursday night to extend the Rockets' losing streak to five games.

SPEAKING

``Cedric's very explosive. He reminds me of myself.'' _ Cleveland's Shawn Kemp on teammate Cedric Henderson, who used his left hand to grab a wayward pass from Derek Anderson, steadied it with his right and slammed it home in the third quarter of the Cavaliers' 112-96 victory over Sacramento on Thursday night.