Cleveland Cavaliers' J.J. Hickson (21) walks off the court after losing 103-94 to the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in Cleveland. 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. (AP Photo)
By Dwayne C. Nelson
No franchise in any professional sport should lose 26 games in a row.
But somehow, the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-45) have managed to do so, dropping their 26th straight game, 103-94, last night to the Detroit Pistons (20-33).
Already in the books for consecutive losses in NBA history, the LeBron James-less Cavs tied the NFL’s 1976-1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday for the longest losing streak in American major sports history.
Reserve guard Rodney Stuckey shot 8 for 10 from the line and scored 22 points to drive the Pistons’ win. Cavs big man J.J. Hickson put up 18 points and pulled down 15 boards, but it wasn’t enough as Cleveland fell yet again in front of its home crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs last victory was Dec. 18.
Here are the rest of last night’s scores with each squad’s top performers.
San Antonio 111, Toronto 100.
San Antonio: DeJuan Blair, 28 points and 14 rebounds.
Toronto: DeMar DeRozan, 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
L.A. Clippers 116, New York 108.
L.A. Clippers: Baron Davis, 16 points and 16 assists.
New York: Raymond Felton, 17 points and 12 assists.
Orlando 99, Philadelphia 95.
Orlando: Dwight Howard, 30 points and 17 rebounds.
Philadelphia: Andre Iguodala, 21 points, 8 assists and 3 steals.
New Jersey 103, New Orleans 101 (OT).
New Jersey: Sasha Vujacic, 25 points (5-for-7 three-point range).
New Orleans: David West, 32 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists.
Dallas 102, Sacramento 100.
Dallas: Jason Terry, 22 points.
Sacramento: DeMarcus Cousins, 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Chicago 91, Utah 86.
Chicago: Derrick Rose, 29 points and 7 assists.
Utah: Al Jefferson, 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Golden State 116, Denver 114.
Golden State: Monta Ellis, 37 points and 5 assists.
Denver: Carmelo Anthony, 29 points.
Indiana 104, Charlotte 103.
Indiana: Roy Hibbert, 29 points and 10 rebounds.
Charlotte: Stephen Jackson, 27 points (4-for-8 three-point range).
Washington 100,Milwaukee 85.
Washington: JaVale McGee, 16 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Milwaukee: Brandon Jennings, 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
NBA All-Star game
Grammy Award winning singers Rihanna and Lenny Kravitz will headline the music entertainment for the all-star game Feb. 20 in Los Angeles, the league announced yesterday.
Kravitz is slated to rock his latest joint “Come On Get It” during introductions of the game’s starters, and Rihanna’s scheduled to perform the hits “Only Girl (In the World)” and “What’s My Name” during the special half-time show.
Dwayne C. Nelson is an arts & entertainment and sports blogger whose content is featured on various Web sites, including Associated Content, Yahoo! Sports, Urban Daily and News One. You can now follow him on Twitter to stay abreast of his latest posts.