The Cleveland Cavaliers have done it. Less than a year after wining 61 games, the Cavaliers have lost more consecutive games than any team in the history of the NBA. Tonight, the Portland Trail Blazers became the 24th straight team to beat the Cavaliers 111-105 at Quicken Loans Arena – the 10th straight loss for the Cavaliers at home.
In what has become a pattern, the Cavaliers had several opportunities to get a win but simply made too many mistakes down the stretch to get it done. Antawn Jamison scored 17 points to lead the Cavaliers while J.J. Hickson followed up his 31-point performance against Memphis last night with 11 points tonight.
The Cavaliers shot the ball well tonight – 51.3% – but allowed the Trail Blazers to shoot 53.8%, including an unheard of 12-19(63.2%) from three point land. Wesley Matthews scored 31 points for Portland, including 5-7 from deep. Nicolas Batum scored 21 points and was 5-6 from deep.
Where the record-breaking losing streak goes from here is anyone’s guess. The Cavaliers will play a ton of games at home, but with opponents like the Los Angeles Lakers coming to town, there seems to be no end in sight.