The Cleveland Cavaliers will be glad when their current road trip ends.
The Cavs look to end a season-high six-game losing streak when they visit the Utah Jazz.
Cleveland has won two straight at the Delta Center after 13 consecutive losses dating back to Dec. 11, 1989.
The Cavalier dropped a 99-79 decision Friday to the Golden State Warriors, falling to 0-5 on the road swing. Oakland native Drew Gooden had 16 points— all in the first half—and 10 rebounds despite a strained muscle in his right leg, for the Cavaliers, who have not lost six games since Feb. 25-March 6.
Cleveland has not lost seven straight since late in the 2003-04 season, when they spoiled their chances at a playoff berth in LeBron James’ rookie season.
“With what we’re going through now, it’s gut-check time,” coach Mike Brown said. “They’ve faced some adversity. It’s tough to lose six games in a row. We’re going to see what we’re made of.”
James, who ranks third in the NBA with 30.4 points per game, shot just 5-of-22 against the Warriors and matched his season low with 14 points.
“My knee just stiffened up on me,” James said. “I didn’t have as much lift as I wanted. It affected me a bit. I couldn’t get any spring going to the basket. … We can’t start pointing fingers. We’ve been through situations like this. We’ll fight through it.”
James missed a free throw with less than a second left in Wednesday’s 90-89 loss at Denver.
The Jazz lost 113-83 to the Denver Nuggets on Friday, falling for the third time in four games since winning eight of nine. Devin Brown scored 23 points and Andrei Kirilenko had 11 for Utah, which shot just 40 percent.
“We didn’t have much for them,” coach Jerry Sloan said. “It looked like we didn’t belong.”
The Jazz are a half-game behind Minnesota, which is eighth in the Western Conference and second in the Northwest Division. Denver leads the division by 1 1/2 games.
“That is one of those most disappointing games that I’ve been involved in,” Sloan said. “And for a game with this much significance.”