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Cavaliers send Suns to franchise-record 16th straight loss

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love's presence makes an obvious difference for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Playing his third game since returning from foot surgery, Love had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Cleveland sent the Phoenix Suns to a franchise-record 16th straight loss, 111-98 on Thursday night.

''He's a walking double-double,'' Cleveland forward Larry Nance Jr. said ''That's something he's been his whole career and it's certainly not going to change now.''

Cedi Osman scored 19 points for Cleveland while NBA-worst Phoenix (11-49) topped the record of 15 set March 2- April 1, 2018. The Suns' last victory was Jan. 12 over Denver.

Devin Booker scored 30 points for Phoenix, and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 23. The Suns have allowed at least 110 points in each game of the losing streak.

''You have to change something where we're at the point we're at,'' Booker said. ''We have to hold people accountable. You can't take things personally when a guy calls you out. We need to start not being scared to step on people's toes when something is wrong.''

Love played 22 minutes and was 6 of 13 from the field. He played nearly 16 minutes Feb. 21 against New York and sat out the final game before the All-Star break against Brooklyn two days later.

Love, who committed three turnovers in the first quarter, admitted he's still shaking off some rust.

''I looked like I hadn't played many games lately and looked like I had just come off break,'' he said. ''That will go away. Couple shots were pretty short, getting my legs underneath me, but overall I felt pretty good and just kind of progress in these minutes.''

The Cavaliers plan to steadily increase Love's playing time over the next several games as he rebuilds his stamina after missing over 50 games because of the surgery in November.

Ante Zizic had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland trailed 72-71 late in the third quarter before taking control with a 12-0 run. The Cavaliers scored 34 points in the fourth quarter, leading by as much as 17.

Cleveland had 34 assists - one short of a season high - led by Matthew Dellavedova with 11.

TIP-INS

Suns: F T.J. Warren (sore right ankle) missed his 11th straight game. He worked out at Quicken Loans Arena but has not progressed beyond shooting drills. ... Interim co-general manager James Jones accompanied the team to Cleveland. He spent the final three seasons of his career with the Cavaliers and was a member of their 2016 NBA championship squad.

Cavaliers: Love picked up four fouls in the first half. .... F Tristan Thompson (sore left foot) practiced Wednesday, but missed his 14th straight game.

LOOKING AHEAD

Cleveland (13-46) has the second-worst record in the East. Both teams are in line for a prime spot in the May 14 draft lottery. The league's three worst teams will have a 14 percent chance for the first pick in the draft and a chance to take Duke star Zion Williamson.

IT'S HAPPENED BEFORE

Cavaliers coach Larry Drew hadn't seen the video of Williamson's knee injury when the projected top pick blew out his shoe Wednesday night. Drew said the same thing happened to him in the early 1990s during training camp while he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he wasn't injured.

''It was kind a weird thing that happened,'' he said. ''I was in Hawaii. We were playing in a small gym that had no air conditioning. Shoes got saturated very quickly. I tried to come to a step and my foot right came out the side of my shoe.''

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

Suns coach Igor Kokoskov admitted there's no way to sugarcoat his team's predicament.

''We all feel bad about it, but that's who we are right now with our record,'' he said. ''That's not opinion, that's just fact. You can't be lackadaisical and take any possession off. When you have a young team, players need to understand that every possession, every shot, every screen is important.''

UP NEXT

Suns: At Atlanta on Saturday night.

Cavaliers: Host Memphis on Saturday night.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 SG
K. Love
0 PF
26.3 Min. Per Game 26.3
15.7 Pts. Per Game 15.7
2.7 Ast. Per Game 2.7
10.7 Reb. Per Game 10.7
46.1 Field Goal % 34.4
45.9 Three Point % 33.0
84.5 Free Throw % 82.9
  Lost ball turnover on Ante Zizic, stolen by Kelly Oubre Jr. 0:03
  Offensive rebound by Ante Zizic 0:04
  Ante Zizic missed layup, blocked by Kelly Oubre Jr. 0:09
+ 2 Tyler Johnson made driving layup 0:34
  Offensive foul 0:42
+ 2 Devin Booker made dunk 1:07
  Out of bounds turnover on Devin Booker 1:31
+ 2 Ante Zizic made jump shot, assist by Matthew Dellavedova 1:35
+ 2 Ante Zizic made layup, assist by Matthew Dellavedova 2:00
  Defensive rebound by Matthew Dellavedova 2:10
  Bad pass turnover on Devin Booker, stolen by Larry Nance Jr. 2:48
Team Stats
Points 98 111
Field Goals 35-84 (41.7%) 42-85 (49.4%)
3-Pointers 10-32 (31.3%) 13-36 (36.1%)
Free Throws 18-25 (72.0%) 14-20 (70.0%)
Total Rebounds 43 62
Offensive 11 10
Defensive 27 41
Team 5 11
Assists 26 34
Steals 12 11
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 18 15
Fouls 18 23
Technicals 0 0
30 PTS, 1 REB, 7 AST
19 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Suns 11-49 2823212698
home team logo Cavaliers 13-46 23322234111
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 11-49 107.1 PPG 40.4 RPG 24.0 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 13-46 104.3 PPG 42.5 RPG 20.9 APG
Key Players
D. Booker SG 25.5 PPG 4.2 RPG 6.8 APG 45.6 FG%
C. Osman SF 13.2 PPG 4.8 RPG 2.7 APG 43.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Booker SG 30 PTS 1 REB 7 AST
C. Osman SF 19 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
41.7 FG% 49.4
31.3 3PT FG% 36.1
72.0 FT% 70.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 30 1 7 10/20 3/9 7/9 4 37 1 0 9 0 1 -12 37
K. Oubre Jr. 23 4 1 8/16 4/9 3/4 3 40 3 2 1 0 4 -8 33
D. Ayton 13 9 3 5/9 0/0 3/6 0 34 1 0 1 5 4 -21 28
J. Jackson 12 6 2 5/16 0/2 2/2 2 29 3 0 1 3 3 -14 24
T. Johnson 5 8 5 1/7 0/2 3/4 1 33 2 2 1 1 7 -7 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 30 1 7 10/20 3/9 7/9 4 37 1 0 9 0 1 -12 37
K. Oubre Jr. 23 4 1 8/16 4/9 3/4 3 40 3 2 1 0 4 -8 33
D. Ayton 13 9 3 5/9 0/0 3/6 0 34 1 0 1 5 4 -21 28
J. Jackson 12 6 2 5/16 0/2 2/2 2 29 3 0 1 3 3 -14 24
T. Johnson 5 8 5 1/7 0/2 3/4 1 33 2 2 1 1 7 -7 26
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Crawford 6 0 1 2/6 2/4 0/0 1 13 1 1 1 0 0 +1 9
R. Holmes 6 5 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 4 13 0 1 2 2 3 +8 12
M. Bridges 3 2 5 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 24 1 0 1 0 2 -1 15
D. Bender 0 3 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 0 3 -4 3
E. Okobo 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 -7 2
T. Daniels - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Warren - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Spalding - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Melton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 38 26 35/84 10/32 18/25 18 235 12 6 18 11 27 -65 189
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Osman 19 5 5 7/12 5/8 0/0 3 33 0 0 1 0 5 +14 33
K. Love 16 11 1 6/13 3/8 1/2 4 22 0 0 4 1 10 +9 25
A. Zizic 15 12 1 7/9 0/0 1/2 3 25 1 2 2 4 8 +3 30
B. Knight 9 3 4 3/6 1/3 2/2 2 21 0 0 1 0 3 +7 19
C. Sexton 8 2 2 3/12 0/3 2/2 0 30 2 0 1 0 2 +10 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Osman 19 5 5 7/12 5/8 0/0 3 33 0 0 1 0 5 +14 33
K. Love 16 11 1 6/13 3/8 1/2 4 22 0 0 4 1 10 +9 25
A. Zizic 15 12 1 7/9 0/0 1/2 3 25 1 2 2 4 8 +3 30
B. Knight 9 3 4 3/6 1/3 2/2 2 21 0 0 1 0 3 +7 19
C. Sexton 8 2 2 3/12 0/3 2/2 0 30 2 0 1 0 2 +10 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 15 4 5 5/12 2/5 3/4 1 23 0 0 3 2 2 +2 26
L. Nance Jr. 14 7 3 7/9 0/1 0/2 5 29 4 0 2 2 5 +11 29
D. Nwaba 7 2 2 2/3 1/1 2/2 0 17 1 1 0 0 2 +6 15
M. Chriss 6 1 0 2/5 1/4 1/2 3 15 1 0 0 1 0 -4 8
M. Dellavedova 2 4 11 0/4 0/3 2/2 2 20 2 1 1 0 4 +7 30
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Adel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Blossomgame - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 51 34 42/85 13/36 14/20 23 235 11 4 15 10 41 +65 230