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Mavericks top Cavaliers 109-90 for fifth straight win

January 5, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 20 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 15 as the Dallas Mavericks won their fifth straight game Sunday, a 109-90 victory over the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James, who is out with knee and back soreness, missed his fourth in a row and fifth of the season. The Cavaliers are 1-4 when the four-time Most Valuable Player doesn’t play and have dropped five of seven games overall.

Kevin Love scored a season-high 30 points, but the Cavaliers couldn’t stay with the Mavericks.

Kyrie Irving left in the third quarter with lower back tightness and didn’t return. He was 2 of 9 from the field and scored a season-low six points.

In other games, Miami held off Brooklyn 88-84 to end a four-game losing streak, Detroit beat Sacramento 114-95 for their fifth straight win and Kobe Bryant hit the go-ahead jumper with 12.4 seconds to play to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to an 88-87 comeback victory over Indiana.

In Miami, Chris Bosh scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade scored 10 of his 25 points in the final minutes to lead the Heat.

Hassan Whiteside had 11 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks off the bench for Miami, which won for only the seventh time in 19 home games.

Joe Johnson scored 19 and Brook Lopez added 16 for Brooklyn, which had won six of seven and was seeking to get back over .500 for the first time since Nov. 12.

Detroit improved to 5-0 since releasing Josh Smith in December and is now 10-23 overall.

Brandon Jennings scored 35 points and Andre Drummond had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons.

Bryant scored 20 points, including nine in the final 2:32 to rally the Lakers past the Pacers, who blew a 13-point lead in the second half.

Roy Hibbert missed a difficult jumper as time expired to give the Lakers their third win in 10 games.

Elsewhere, Phoenix handed Toronto its second straight blowout loss, 125-109, and Milwaukee topped the New York Knicks 95-82.

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