The Cavaliers' incredible success in the LeBron James era was unparalleled in franchise history.
Of course, none of that matters now.
The current edition of the Cavs has fallen to unprecedented depths of futility. They've lost an NBA-record 25 consecutive games after their 99-96 setback at Dallas on Monday.
Guard Daniel Gibson, who played on Saturday for the first time in four games, said past success doesn't make the losing any easier. The Cavs won a league-high 61 games last season, but have dropped to the bottom of the standings this season.
"I have had a lot of success being here," Gibson said. "If you are a fan of the NBA and you watch the NBA, you know that every team goes through a period like this. No team stays at the top forever. At some point you experience this."
Gibson was sidelined two games with a bruised left quadriceps. He also missed the Memphis game to deal with a personal matter.
He came off the bench in the Trail Blazers' game -- his first appearance since Jan. 30 -- and responded with 12 points and a career-high nine assists in 26 minutes. He made 5 of 11 from the field and 2 of 5 from the 3-point line.
The Cavs appear to be getting closer to winning games.
"That's what Coach (Byron Scott) said to us specifically," Gibson said. "He said that the way we have been playing as of late, it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when.
"We have just got to continue to play the same way that we have been playing and things are going to change for us."
The Cavs have also lost 34 of the last 35 games, as well as 26 in a row on the road.
The losing streak, though, has been getting a lot of attention in the national media. They've lost more games in a row than any team in NBA history. The league was founded in 1946.
Gibson said the players can't dwell on the losing streak.
"You can't," he said. "The thing about it for us is just winning the next game. You can't think about how many we have lost to this point. You can't. You just have to go out there focused.
"Whatever you didn't do to win the last game, you have to improve (on that) going into the next game and keep improving. That has to be our focus, it can't be anywhere else."
MAVERICKS 99, CAVS 96: For the fourth consecutive game, the Cavs played with spirit and fire.
It didn't help, however, as they lost for the NBA-record 25th consecutive time.
Guard Anthony Parker's long 3-point attempt bounced off the front of the rim with about 5 seconds left. It would have sent the game into overtime. Forward Jamario Moon got the ball in the waning second, but apparently wasn't aware of the time remaining. Instead of shooting the ball, he inexplicably passed it to Antawn Jamison as time expired.
Center J.J. Hickson led the Cavs (8-44) with 26 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs. But he had a costly offensive foul with 56 seconds left.
Guard Ramon Sessions finished with 19 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, while forward Antawn Jamison added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Guard Jason Terry had 23 points for the Mavericks (36-15).
The Cavs earned the NBA mark for consecutive losses in one season with 24 on Saturday.
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