Basketball

Cavaliers win 12th in a row

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 32 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their 12th consecutive win Tuesday 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-for-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 in a row and 21 out 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.

The Nets (4-47) have the NBA’s worst record.

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