The Cleveland Cavaliers have the NBA's record for futility all to themselves.
The Cavaliers’ losing streak reached 24 games Saturday night as Wesley Matthews scored 31 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-105 win at Cleveland.
“It feels like a bad dream,” guard Daniel Gibson said.
The Cavaliers (8-43) are winless in 2011 and have lost a mind-boggling 34 out of 35, evoking memories of the 1981-82 “Cadavaliers” (15-67) from the Ted Stepien era.
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The Cavs, who have won once since Nov. 27, own both the single-season mark for consecutive losses and matched the record for overall losses in a row they previously set over two seasons (1981-82 and 1982-83).
“We have to figure out how to win these games,” Gibson said. “We just have to keep trying until we do. It’s not a matter of if, but when.”
Cleveland nearly overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but once again failed to make plays down the stretch.
Antawn Jamison scored 17 to lead the Cavs, who will try to end their skid Monday in Dallas.
For much of the game, it appeared the Cavaliers might finally end a slide that shows no signs of ending.
Cleveland led early in the fourth quarter, but Rudy Fernandez hit a 3-pointer and the Blazers went on a 15-4 run for a 105-95 lead. The Cavs responded with a 10-2 spurt to make it 107-105 on Ramon Sessions’ layup with 1:23 left.
But on Portland’s next possession, former Cavs guard Andre Miller, who had just one point with five minutes left, dropped a tough, 12-foot fadeaway to put the Blazers back up by four.
“There’s pressure playing against every team, but, of course, there’s added pressure with them struggling the way they are,” Miller said. “You don’t want to be the top headline: ‘Streak ends to Portland Trail Blazers.’ Guys took a little pride in that.”
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