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Cavaliers win, halt 26-game skid

Updated: 12 February 2011 11:22 IST

The Cleveland Cavaliers ended the longest losing streak in NBA history on Friday, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 126-119 in overtime to halt their record skid at 26 games.

Cavaliers win, halt 26-game skid

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The Cleveland Cavaliers ended the longest losing streak in NBA history on Friday, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 126-119 in overtime to halt their record skid at 26 games.

The Cavaliers won for the first time since December 18, when they beat the New York Knicks in overtime.

In nearly two months of misery, the Cavs had set the NBA single-season and all-time marks for consecutive defeats.

However, with the victory, the Cavaliers made sure they didn't set a new milestone for the longest losing streak in US professional sports.

They had matched that with defeat number 26 -- to Detroit on Wednesday -- equaling the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers who went 0-14 in their 1976 debut season and started 0-12 in the 1977 campaign before finally winning.

It was clear the Cavaliers didn't want to add sole possession of that record to their list of dubious achievements.

Antawn Jamison scored 35 points, including a three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining in overtime.

Daniel Gibson scored 10 in overtime and JJ Hickson, matched against high-flying Clippers rookie Blake Griffin, added 27 points and 14 rebounds.

Hickson had seven blocks, and swatted away Baron Davis' shot at the buzzer to end regulation with the score tied at 110-110.

The Clippers wanted it to be called goaltending, but it seemed Hickson managed to bat the ball away just as it reached the apex of its arc towards the basket.

In overtime, the Clippers cut a six-point deficit to 120-119 with 44 seconds remaining.

Jamison then made his three-pointer from the left side.

After the Clippers' Davis was ejected for arguing, Gibson made a technical free throw and then two more free throws to give Cleveland a seven-point lead.

When the Clippers failed to score on their last possession, Cleveland forward Jamario Moon snagged the loose ball and raised it aloft as the clock ticked off the final seconds.

It was just the second victory for the Cavaliers in their last 38 games.

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