Ups and downs in the Big D
NBA: Will Cleveland ever win again? After a 99-96 loss at Dallas, the Cavaliers stand alone in NBA history with 25 straight losses. The Mavericks have won nine straight. ... Carmelo Anthony scored 50 points (tying his career high) in the Nuggets' 108-103 loss to Houston. ... LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 42 points in Portland's 109-103 win over Chicago. ... The Bobcats surprised the visiting Celtics, 94-89. Boston's Ray Allen made two 3s and is now just one 3-pointer shy of tying Reggie Miller for most career 3s made. ... The Timberwolves beat the Hornets 104-92, powered by Kevin Love's 27 points and 17 rebounds. With his 37th straight double-double, Love has tied Kevin Garnett for the franchise-long streak.
Men's college basketball: Without leading scorer Ashton Gibbs, No. 4 Pitt went into West Virginia and got a hard-fought 71-66 win. Pitt now has 20-plus overall wins and 10-plus league wins for the 10th consecutive season, the only Big East program to do that. ... No. 2 Kansas pulled away in the second half against visiting No. 20 Missouri and won easily, 103-86. The Jayhawks have now won 12 straight at Allen Fieldhouse against the Tigers.
Women's college basketball: No. 12 North Carolina held off No. 5 Duke 62-60 on a game-saving block by Waltiea Rolle. It was the Blue Devils' first ACC loss of the season. Duke hasn't won at UNC since 2007. ... No. 4 Tennessee used a dominant second half to come back and beat No. 18 Kentucky 73-67 to remain unbeaten in SEC conference play. ... No. 14 Florida State defeated Virginia 78-74.
College hockey: In the semifinals of the annual Beanpot tournament, Northeastern dominated Harvard to advance to next week's final against Boston College. A power-play goal 3:17 into overtime gave the No. 1 Eagles a 3-2 win over Boston University. It is the fifth finals appearance in six years for Boston College.