Cleveland Cavaliers' Losing Streak Ends At 26

The Cleveland Cavaliers snapped an NBA record 26-game losing streak on Friday night with a 126-119 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Cleveland Cavaliers' Losing Streak Ends Before Wizards' Showdown

The Cleveland Cavaliers won for the first time since mid-December on Friday night, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 126-119 in overtime at The Q. Antawn Jamison, the Cavs' best player, a 34-year-old power forward who would be a sure bet to be traded if not for a bit of an onerous contract, led Cleveland with 35 points. J.J. Hickson, his understudy and in large part the hope of the franchise heading into this season, scored 27 and had 14 rebounds and four blocks.

Cleveland snapped a brutal 26-game losing streak, a run that tied the expansion Tampa Bay Bucs as the longest in American pro sports history. Basketball-Reference's win probability model gave Cleveland just a 30 percent likelihood of winning the game, due to the teams' performance to date this season. Considering that the Clippers are no world-beaters and that the game was in Cleveland, that L.A. was so more likely to win heading certainly spoke to how far the Cavs have fallen.

Now, a winning streak could start. Sports fans had looked forward to the Cavs' Sunday match-up against the Washington Wizards in Cleveland; the Wizards are currently 0-25 on the road, with a visit to the Cavs representing an obvious best chance at victory away from D.C. The game termed the "Toilet Bowl" won't have quite the same cachet now that the Cavaliers aren't riding what could have been a 27-game losing streak, but it could still be a dramatic affair. No NBA team has ever gone 0-41 on the road. Washington has some soft road opponents remaining (Piston, Raptors, these very Cavs again to end the season). But getting of that awful road streak soon could be a real relief for the Wizards.

We'll see if shaking off this awful losing streak will help the Cavs pick up some more wins.

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Cavaliers Vs. Clippers Final Score: Cleveland's Losing Streak Ends At 26 With 120-144 Win

It took overtime, but the Cleveland Cavaliers finally broke-through, avoiding professional sports infamy in the process by beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 126-119. The Cavs, losers of their last 26-straight, still hold the NBA record for consecutive games lost, but avoided taking sole possession of the professional sports record streak by winning for the first time in 27 tries. 

Eric Bledsoe hit two free throws with 20 seconds to go in regulation to put the Clippers up two, but Mo Williams answered on the other end with a jumper to tie it up. Baron Davis had a shot to win it at the buzzer, but J.J. Hickson rejected his runner to send the game to overtime. 

The Cavs jumped out to a quick lead in overtime and held a 120-114 advantage with just over a minute to go. The Clippers came firing right back, however, as Randy Foye scored five quick points on back-to-back possessions -- on a lay-in and fast-break three.

Antwan Jamison made the clutch shot with five seconds left on the shot clock and 24 seconds left in the game, burying a three off the inbounds pass to put the Cavs up four. Randy Foye saw a desperation three with 14 seconds go rattle around and pop out, ending the Clippers' chances. A Baron Davis technical on the loose ball and three made free throws -- one by Mo Williams and two by Daniel Gibson -- allowed Cleveland to seal it at the line to snap the streak.

Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers, picking up another double-double with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Baron Davis added 26 points, with Randy Foye (23), Eric Bledsoe (13) and Ryan Gomes (10) also in double-figures. Davis also had a team-high seven assists before being ejecting in the waning moments after picking up his second technical.

Antwan Jamison had a team-high 35 points for the Clippers. J.J. Hickson had a double-double, finishing with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Mo Williams added points off the17 bench, including that crucial jumper near the end of regulation. Daniel Gibson, 18 points, and Ramon Sessions, 12 points, were also in double-figures.

The Cavs improved to 9-45 on the year, winning for the first time since Dec. 18. The Clippers fell to 20-33 and hold the dubious distinction of being the team that finally lost to the Cavs.

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