Cavaliers Lose 26th Straight Game 103-94 To Pistons, Tying American Pro Record

Cleveland's woebegone NBA franchise now shares the longest losing streak in sports after 103-94 loss to Detroit.

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Cleveland Cavaliers' 26-Game Losing Streak Has Byron Scott Mad (Finally)

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their 26th straight game on Wednesday, a unspirited and dispiriting defeat to the Detroit Pistons. The Cavs were actually favored in the game; Vegas must believe in regression to the mean or must really not believe in the Pistons. Nonetheless, the Cavs lost 103-94. Cleveland put up just 16 points in the first quarter, and trailed by 12 at halftime.

Cavs coach Byron Scott has remained rather diplomatic throughout the streak; it's always appeared as if he came to terms with the loss of LeBron James back when LeBron made his decision. But all noble men reach a breaking point, and apparently this lackluster effort by Cleveland pushed Scott over the edge. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer:

The performance was so bad that coach Byron Scott threw a fit at halftime and another one after the game, when he kept the locker room closed for 30 minutes.

But, frankly, he is at a loss to explain what is happening.

"I'm mad as hell because ... I can deal with losing, especially when our guys play as hard as they have in the last couple weeks," he said. "But I find it very hard to deal with when guys don't come out ready to play."

The Cavs nearly beat the scorching Dallas Mavericks on Monday, which makes the no-show against the mediocre Pistons so dumbfounding. NBA players tend to be a proud lot, and the veterans and youngsters alike on this squad must be bristling at the jokes and catcalls. They should be as motivated as ever to play as hard as possible, if only to save a bit of face.

But that didn't happen on Wednesday, and Scott has a tall task ahead of him in figuring out how to motivate the team to work hard. If they can't bust their tails now, will they ever be able to?


Cavaliers Lose 26th Straight Game 103-94 To Pistons, Tied For American Pro Record

The law of averages says that the Cleveland Cavaliers have to win a game at some point. But it looks like the team that lost LeBron James is going to try to play the odds for a little while longer.

The Cavs dropped their 26th straight game Wednesday, losing to a Detroit Pistons team that Cleveland was actually favored to beat, 103-94. By coughing up the game to the second-worst team in the Central Division -- albeit one that's now won 2.5 times as many games as Cleveland -- the Cavaliers have now tied the old Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest skid in American pro sports history.

Antwan Jamison and Ramon Sessions "led" the way for the Cavs, with 22 and 20 points, respectively. J.J. Hickson added 18 points. That was far short of what was needed to defeat the Pistons, even though Rodney Stuckey was the only player to crack 20 for the Pistons. Detroit also got 17 from Will Bynum and 13 from Charlie Villanueva.

The Cavaliers, who have not won since a week before Christmas, are next scheduled to play the 19-32 Clippers at home Friday. That game is followed by a Sunday showdown with 14-37 Washington. If they remain winless through those games and match-ups with the Lakers and the Rockets, the Cavs will then face the New York Knicks -- the last team Cleveland defeated.

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