It’s Official: The Cleveland Cavaliers Have The Longest Losing Streak In NBA History
February 8 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
It was pretty clear when LeBron James left town that the Cleveland Cavaliers would have a tougher time winning games this year than they did in the previous few seasons. The kind of comical-if-it-weren't-just-kind-of-sad, literally-historic ineptitude we're witnessing: no one could have predicted that.
Last night, the Cavs set an outright NBA record with their 25th consecutive loss, a 99-96 setback to the Dallas Mavericks, and, well, with the kind of season the Cavs are having, it's only fitting that their history-making loss would come in one of their better chances in a while to actually win. Really, this has to be considered one of the Cavs' best efforts in a while - the Mavericks are a good team (36-15), the game was in Dallas, and the Cavs kept it close right to the bitter end. But it wasn't enough to win, as the AP explains:
Like a 7-foot center losing a jump ball to a 6-foot-2 guard. And a decent outside shooter deciding to pass as time expired instead of putting up a potential tying 3-pointer.
It was that last blunder that sealed the deal. The Cavs missed a potential game-tying three, the rebound bounced to two Dallas players - and, improbably, back to the Cavs for another chance at overtime. But when Antawn Jamison needed to put up a desperation three, he passed the ball. Game over, no shot. 'That's not fair!" one announcer bellowed. Nope - it's Cleveland sports. Video of highlights from last night's game, including that ending, below.
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