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Cavaliers skid at 24 longest in NBA history

CLEVELAND - The losing streak has been long, painful and embarrassing.

Now it's historic.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the NBA's record for futility all to themselves.

Cleveland's losing streak reached 24 games Saturday night as Wesley Matthews scored 31 points and LaMarcus Aldridge 20 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-105 win over the pitiful Cavs, who are yet to win in 2011 and have lost a mind-boggling 34 of 35.

With just one win since Nov. 27, the Cavaliers now own the league's single-season mark for consecutive losses and have matched the record for overall losses in a row they previously set over 1981-82 and 1982-83.

"It feels like a bad dream," guard Daniel Gibson said.

And it's not over.

Cleveland nearly overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but once again failed to make plays down the stretch and fell to 8-42 - an almost unimaginable record for a team that won more than 60 games the past two seasons and went deep in the playoffs.

But that was with LeBron James.

Without him, the Cavs are shells of their former selves.

"We have to figure out how to win these games," said Gibson, who had 12 points and nine assists. "We just have to keep trying until we do. It's not a matter of if, but when. We have to continue to play the way we're playing and things are going to change for us." When? "The next game, hopefully," he said. "That's the way you have to approach it."

Antawn Jamison scored 17 points and Ramon Sessions 15 to pace the Cavs, who will try to end their skid Monday in Dallas. After that, they'll host Detroit, the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington - all three are under .500 and the Wizards are the league's only winless road team.

Miller admitted the Blazers didn't want to be the team to let Cleveland off the mat.

"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."

The Cavs, who at one point were 7-9, came in tied with Vancouver (1995-96) and Denver (1997-98) for the longest losing skid in one season.


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