Cleveland’s losing streak reached 26 on Wednesday night with a 103-94 loss at home to the . The streak matched the 1976-77 ’ record for consecutive incompetence.
The Cavaliers (8-45) have not won a game since Dec. 18, and they have dropped 36 of their last 37. The next chance to end their epic futility will come on Friday against the . After that comes a home game on Sunday against the , who have not won on the road all season.
Cavaliers Coach kept the postgame locker room closed for more than 30 minutes as he tore into the team for what he regarded as a listless performance.
“I can deal with losing,” he said, “especially when our guys play as hard as they have in the last couple weeks, but I find it very hard to deal with when guys don’t come out ready to play.”
Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points to lead the Pistons, who did not want to be remembered as the team that let the Cavaliers get off the mat.
“You don’t want to be the team that loses to them,” said.
The Cavaliers fell into a 12-point hole at the half, and collapsed early in the fourth quarter. When the final horn sounded, Cleveland’s fans did not even bother booing. “Well, one of these days,” one fan climbing the stairs mumbled as he left.
NETS 103, 101 Brook Lopez hit two go-ahead free throws with 24.3 seconds to play in overtime as snapped a three-game losing streak and extended New Orleans’s slide to four with a victory in Newark. Sasha Vujacic scored a career-high 25 for the Nets.
“We had to grind it out,” Lopez said. “You’ve got to give it to our guys who never gave up.”
91, 87 Derrick Rose had 29 points to lift Chicago in a game that marked the return of Carlos Boozer to Salt Lake City. Boozer, who played five seasons for the Jazz but signed as a free agent with Chicago after last season, had 14 points and 6 rebounds for the Bulls.
MAGIC 99, 95 had 30 points and 17 rebounds, and J. J. Redick came off the bench to score 13 points as Orlando won in Philadelphia.
111, 100 DeJuan Blair matched a career high by scoring 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and George Hill had 18 points as San Antonio took its fourth straight game by winning in Toronto.
WIZARDS 100, 85 Nick Young scored 26 points and JaVale McGee had 17 rebounds as host Washington broke an eight-game losing streak.
104, 103 Roy Hibbert scored 29 points as host Indiana held off Charlotte. Danny Granger had 25 points and Darren Collison added 15 for Indiana, which won for the fifth time in six games since Frank Vogel took over as coach.