The Cleveland Cavaliers lost again, as the chuckle of a website DidTheCavsWinLastNight.com would tell you. The Cavs lost for the 26th straight time that they have suited up, tying the American major pro sports record, held by the Tampa Bay Bucs. We are running out of records to break here. Soon we will have to say, "The Cavs are so bad." There will be no qualifying clause. They are just bad. Dreadful, really.
Twenty-six games is more than 30 percent of an NBA season. And it isn't like the Cavs would good before the streak. They were 8-19. The Clippers visit Cleveland on Friday, and the wonderful showdown between the Cavs and the visiting Wizards (0-25 on the road) is set for Sunday.
In other action:
Pacers 104, Bobcats 103: Roy Hibbert is a monster again, which really makes you wonder what on Earth Jim O'Brien was doing to the kid. Hibbert had 29 points and 10 rebounds in the Pacers' win. There was a bit of controversy on the Bobcats' side; Stephen Jackson felt he was fouled (surprise!) on the last-second desperation three. I, for one, have never seen a ref call a foul on a desperation three from beyond, say, 25 feet. It would have to be pretty close to murder for a ref to make a game-deciding call like that.
Magic 99, 76ers 95: Philadelphia nearly got a huge home win, the kind that makes a season or at least a month, but Dwight Howard was too much. The All-Star went 8-13 from the floor and 14-19 from the line to ring up 30, and he had 17 rebounds, too. Lou Williams scored 18 points in the fourth in the comeback win, but the Magic held on.
Spurs 111, Raptors 100: DeJuan Blair, step right up! It was the second-year forward's turn for a gas on Wednesday, as Blair delivered 28 points and 11 rebounds. Tim Duncan only had to play 25 minutes. What a life!
Wizards 100, Bucks 85: The Washington Wizards ... still pretty good at home! Beating the Bucks is no great feat right now, but beating them by 15 counts as a serious victory. Nick Young scored 26 points on 10-19 shooting. JaVale McGee had 16 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks.
Nets 103, Hornets 100: Sasha Vujacic killed the Hornets with 25 points off the bench as New Orleans continues to careen through February. The Hornets have lost four straight and six of seven. Hopes of the No. 2 or No. 3 seed have all but drifted away, and they could fall as far as No. 7 (and a likely first-round matchup with the Lakers) if things don't fall right.
Mavericks 102, Kings 100: The Kings have been losing close games all season, something that young teams tend to do. This was no exception. Sacramento had a one-point lead inside of three minutes remaining, but Jose Barea was unstoppable in the fourth quarter (15, and 20 for the game). DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings. The Mavs have won 10 straight.