August 22, 2014

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Cavs: Losing streak reaches five as Mavericks win 124-107

DALLAS — The Cavaliers’ woes continued Monday, as they fell 124-107 to the Dallas Mavericks to complete a winless three-game road trip.

Cleveland has now lost five straight overall and seven of its last eight to fall to 16-32 on the season, which is 27-win pace for the year.

Kyrie Irving had 27 points and eight assists, but the Cavs were outscored by 19 points while he was on the floor.

Cleveland also got 18 points and eight rebounds from Luol Deng, 17 points and eight boards from Tristan Thompson, 12 points from Jarrett Jack, 11 from Anthony Bennett and 10 from Anderson Varejao, who returned from a bruised knee.

The Mavs were led by Dirk Nowitzki, who had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Monta Ellis, who had 22 points and seven assists. Devin Harris added a season-high 16 points off the bench.

Nowitzki was on the bench for most of a key third-quarter stretch as the Mavs restored a double-digit lead behind Harris, Brandan Wright and Jose Calderon.

Harris had seven points in a 9-2 run that gave the Mavs their first 15-point lead, and Wright scored nine of his 14 points in the third. Calderon had four of his game-high 10 assists in the quarter and hit a pair of 3-pointers.

Bennett, Cleveland’s rookie No. 1 pick, had eight in the second quarter.

After missing the first 41 games following offseason toe surgery, Harris had his previous season high of 14 points in three straight games before getting seven in a win over Sacramento on Friday.

Harris finally broke the 14-point mark with a pair of free throws, and then assisted on a dunk by Samuel Dalembert that gave Dallas its biggest lead at 106-87. Dalembert had 18 points — two off his season high — and two blocked shots.

Five days after Cleveland general manager Chris Grant questioned his team’s will, the Cavaliers didn’t quit. They scored eight quick points and had a chance to make it nine when Jack got fouled after making a 3-pointer. Jack missed the free throw and the Cavs didn’t get the deficit under 10 after that.

Nowitzki, who was averaging 33 points in his previous three games, had 16 in the first half and matched Dalembert with eight rebounds.

Nowitzki scored the last eight points of a 13-2 run that put the Mavs up 52-39, but he missed his last three shots of the first half as the Cavs got back within seven at halftime.

Cleveland returns home to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.