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NBA scores: Cavaliers stuck in Central Division basement

A disappointing season for the Cleveland Cavaliers only got worse on Friday night, when they fell to the Indiana Pacers 99-89 in Indiana. It was the Cavaliers sixth straight loss and dropped them to just 5-23 on the season.

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It's been a tough season in Cleveland, and things didn't get any better Friday night in Indiana. Despite getting double-digit scoring from all five starters, the Cavaliers still fell to the Indiana Pacers 99-89.

For Cleveland, it was their sixth straight loss and their 10th in 11 games. It also dropped Cleveland to to just 5-23 on the season and even further down the Central Division standings.

With the loss, the Cavaliers now trail division leader Chicago by a full 11.5 games and are 10.5 games behind Indiana and Milwaukee, who are tied for second place. Even Detroit- which is 8-21 overall- has a 2.5 game lead over Cleveland and has beaten the Cavaliers the last two times the teams have met. Only Washington, at 3-21 has a worse record in the Eastern Conference than Cleveland.

For the Cavaliers the only good news is that at some point they'll get Anderson Varejao back into their lineup. Varejao, who is the NBA's leading rebounder, has sat out the last two games with a bruised right knee, and early reports are that he'll sit out Saturday night's visit to Milwaukee as well.

However, Varejao is listed as day-to-day and is expected to return to the Cavaliers lineup soon.

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