Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavs Rob NBA Fans of All-Time Shame Game with Victory Over LA Clippers

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Buckus ToothnailContributor IIIFebruary 12, 2011

The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally done it.

No, they weren't able prevent themselves from owning the NBA's record for longest consecutive losing streak in a single season.

No, they weren't able to keep themselves from breaking their own NBA record of longest consecutive losing streak spread over multiple seasons.

But what they were able to do tonight, with their uppity play and attitude, was to rob us NBA fans the dream match we've been anticipating for days.

A game so intriguing that former Cavalier LeBron James expressed that it should be nationally televised.

A game that had all the drama of a Game 7 of an NBA Finals.

A game so difficult to achieve, so similar to lightning striking twice at the same spot at the same time, so rare that it comes as often as Halley's Comet and possibly even less.

The game I'm talking about, of course, is the Cavs on a 27-game losing streak, playing in Cleveland on Sunday against the Washington Wizards, who are 0-25 in their road games this season.

This was to be the most epic matchup of near unbreakable records in recent NBA history, perhaps as rare and great as when undefeated Muhammad Ali, back from a three-year ban from boxing, fought undefeated Joe Frazier, then the current heavyweight champion, who won the title after it was stripped from Ali.

This was to be a game for the ages as either Cleveland's seemingly unstoppable losing streak or the Wizards' winless road record was to end in dramatic fashion.

We expected a game and a finale where the ball would just refuse to go into the hoop. 

A game of crazy turnovers, air balls, bounced passes off the head, tossed salad shots, just all the ridiculous things that can happen when the worst team in history plays potentially the worst road team in history.

Alas, it was not to be.

The Cavs defeated the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night in an overtime snoozer in which neither team played defense, with Cleveland shooting a shocking 50 percent from the field and ending their losing streak at 26 games.

So disappointing, but at the same time, not entirely surprising, given we are talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers here. 

The Cavs, after all, are so bad, they even suck at losing.

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