The Cleveland Cavaliers won their first game since December 18th last night, beating the Los Angeles Clippers.
After nearly two months of pure torture for players and fans alike, the streak has finally ended.
Before I finally conclude talk of the horrendous streak, the game from last night deserves to be noticed by fans nationwide.
It was the return of Mo Williams after he sat out the last few weeks due to a hip flexor injury. The return of Mo finally gave the team the true point guard presence that they have been lacking. He came off of the bench and finished the game with 17 points and 14 assists.
The biggest surprise of the night came from JJ Hickson, who had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. His blocks are the reason why he was the story of the night for the Cavs. Two of Hickson’s blocks came on powerful dunk attempts by Blake Griffin. One of these blocks led to a 3 by Mo Williams that put the Cavs up by 6 late in the fourth quarter, and Hickson’s most important block came on the Clippers’ last second shot attempt in regulation. He was playing with five fouls and had to play tough, fundamental defense. He succeeded and made the key block to send the game to overtime, where the Cavs claimed victory.
The streak is over. This will most likely be a popular topic in Cleveland and with the national media today. Their “historic” streak of 26 losses has been covered by ESPN for several weeks now. I’m sure the people at ESPN were hoping for a Cavs loss so they could make a circus out of the game Sunday against the Wizards, who are currently 0-25 on the road this season. Luckily, this will not happen.
Now that the streak is over, it is time for the Cavs to gain some confidence moving forward. They face a very bad team in the Wizards on Sunday. I know that the Cavs have the worst record in the league, and the NBA record for consecutive losses, but they do not always play as badly as their record and the record show. For example, just two games ago in Dallas the Cavs had a shot to go to overtime, but they could not come through.
55 days passed between Cavs victories. Both of their wins in those 55 days were in overtime. The low point of their streak came against the Lakers, a game in which the Cavs only scored 57 points. But this is all in the past now. ESPN will have fun with the Cavs misfortune for another few days and then it will be forgotten, until the team starts another streak.