Cavs tie record for pro futility

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Blake Griffin (right) shoots over Wilson Chandler in the Clippers' win over Knicks. Griffin finished with 21 points.

CLEVELAND --- Forget the NBA record, the Cavaliers are officially as bad as any team in any pro sport.


Cleveland's losing streak reached 26, matching the 1976-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers' record for consecutive incompetence on Wednesday night with a 103-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons, who were supposedly a beatable opponent for the bottom-dwelling Cavs.

Instead, Cleveland's season slipped further into shame.

When the final horn sounded, Cleveland's fans didn't bother booing as the Cavs dropped their heads and walked dejectedly to the locker room.

"Well, one of these days," one fan climbing the stairs mumbled as he left.

The Cavs (8-45) remain winless since Dec. 18 and have now dropped 36 of 37. Their next chance to end the unimaginable slide will be on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rodney Stuckey scored 22 to pace the Pistons, who didn't want to be remembered as the team that let the Cavs get off the mat.


In Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert scored 29 points, and Indiana held off Charlotte.

Danny Granger had 25 points and Darren Collison added 15 points for Indiana, which won for the fifth time in six games since Frank Vogel took over as coach in to replace Jim O'Brien a week and a half ago.

Stephen Jackson had 27 for the Bobcats. He Jackson drew contact from Collison as he went up for a 30-footer in the final second, but no foul was called.

Josh McRoberts' tip-in with 1:21 remaining gave Indiana a 104-102 lead.


In Toronto, DeJuan Blair matched a career high by scoring 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, George Hill had 18 points and San Antonio its fourth consecutive game.

Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each had 16 points and Manu Ginobili 12 as San Antonio won for the 15th time in 17 games.

Blair also had 11 rebounds for the Spurs, whose 44-8 record is the best in the NBA. His previous best was 22 points, set in a Jan. 19 home win over Toronto. He also scored 28 against Oklahoma City on Jan. 13, 2010.

Andrea Bargnani scored 29 points and DeMar DeRozan had 25 for the Raptors, who have lost 15 of 16.


In New York, Randy Foye scored 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Blake Griffin added 21 and the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a seven-game road losing streak.

Baron Davis had 16 points and a season-high 16 assists for the Clippers, who had dropped four straight overall,


In Washington, Nick Young scored a flashy 26 points, JaVale McGee had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and Washington broke an eight-game losing streak.

Young had a flying one-handed baseline dunk in the first half and scored 11 points in the 16-4 run that gave the Wizards a 20-point lead early in the third quarter.

MAGIC 99, 76ERS 95

In Philadelphia, Dwight Howard had 30 points and 17 rebounds, J.J. Redick came off the bench to score 13 points and Orlando beat Philadelphia.

The Magic have won 14 of last 16 against the Sixers, including five straight in Philadelphia.

Lou Williams got 18 of his 23 in the fourth quarter, nearly rallying the Sixers to a comeback win himself. Andre Iguodala scored 21 and Jodie Meeks had 17 for the Sixers.

NETS 103, HORNETS 101 (OT)

In Newark, N.J., Brook Lopez hit two go-ahead free throws with 24.3 seconds to play in overtime and New Jersey snapped a three-game losing streak and extended New Orleans' slide to four games.

Sasha Vujacic scored a career-high 25 for the Nets.