DALLAS (AP) — Over one season or two, no team in NBA history has lost as many games in a row as these Cleveland Cavaliers.
The surging Dallas Mavericks beat Cleveland 99-96 on Monday night, making it 25 straight losses for the Cavs.
Cleveland already held the record for the most losses in a single season, but the league also keeps a record for losses spread over two seasons.
This topped that one, too, making it the most consecutive losses in league history, period.
The previous record also was held by the Cavaliers, from 1982-83.
Cleveland had a chance to tie it with a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but made one pass too many and time expired without a shot going up.
Jason Terry scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to send Dallas to its ninth straight win, the longest active streak in the NBA.
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