Cleveland Cavaliers Tie NBA Record for Most Consecutive Losses in a Season

February 5th, 2011 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
For about three quarters tonight, the Cavaliers didn't exactly look like a team that had lost 22 straight games. They moved the ball on offense, stayed relatively even on the boards and played good enough defense to keep them competitive.

But they couldn't sustain for 48 minutes, and a crucial 13-0 run to open the fourth quarter for Memphis was too much for them to overcome. The Grizzlies outscored Cleveland 29-21 in the period and handed the Cavaliers their 23rd straight defeat, tying an NBA record for most consecutive losses in one season.

After the Grizzlies made their first 10 shots of the game to open up a 24-16 lead, the Cavs responded with a 16-2 run to take a 32-26 lead at the end of the first quarter. They led at the end of the first, second and third quarters for just the third time this season and the first time since Jan. 24 against New Jersey.

J.J. Hickson sparked the first half run with 21 points and eight rebounds. He had struggled to get into a rhythm the last three games against some of the league's tallest centers (Dwight Howard, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Roy Hibbert), but was aggressive from the opening tip, drawing ...

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