Cleveland Cavs Set NBA Record With 25 Straight Losses

By Randall Stevens  |  02/08/2011

logo - Cleveland CavsThe poor Cleveland Cavs, their dry spell just continues, as they lost their way into the NBA record books.

Last Saturday (February 5), the team earned the longest single-season losing streak record with 24 straight L's, but the league keeps an overall losing streak record that takes into account skids stretched over two season.

Now, with their loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night (February 7), recording their 25th loss in a row, the Cavs have etched their names into the history books at the longest "L" streak in the NBA's history, no matter how its counted.

This sure does leave the bitterness over Lebron James' absence that much more sour, doesn't it?

The previous record was set by the Cavs, spanning the end of the 1981-82 season and the start of 1982-83.

"We're in the record books, we all know that, something we don't want to be a part of, but you can't go back and turn back the hands of time," forward Antawn Jamison said after the game. "We've got to worry about moving forward. The most important thing is getting a win."

They did have a chance to snap the streak though. They led by seven in the first quarter, but fell to down by 15, but kept fighting.

In the fourth, they tied things up, then they were down again by 10. But they fought back, knowing that history was on the line.

A turnover by Dirk Nowitzki with about 10 seconds left gave Cleveland the ball with a chance to tie. Anthony Parker had a good look and took a shot at the top of the key, which bounced around the rim, but didn't fall.

In the end, the Cavs took a heartbreaking 99-96 loss.

The Cavs started the season at 7-9, but have since gone 1-35. Their last win came on December 18, more than seven weeks ago.

According to ESPN, the team's 25 straight losses puts them second among a list of longest losing streaks in the four major professional sports -- the NHL's '76-77 Bucs records 26 straight losses, and the MLB Colonels in 1889 recorded the same. The Cavs are right behind both.

Hopefully the streak doesn't continued. You got to feel for them.