After snapping the longest losing streak in NBA history, the Cavaliers look to reach double digits in wins while extending the Wizards’ misery on Sunday night.
Earlier this week, Cleveland (9-45) and Washington (14-38) seemed destined to bring their respective lengthy slides into Quicken Loans Arena, but the Cavaliers spoiled that scenario by ending a 26-game skid with a 126-119 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday behind 35 points from Antawn Jamison(notes).
It was the Cavaliers’ first win since Dec. 18, when they beat the Knicks in overtime in New York.
Now, it’s the Wizards looking to end their losing streak. Washington is 0-25 on the road this season and closing in on Dallas’ NBA-worst 0-29 road start in 1992-93.
The Wizards have dropped seven straight in Cleveland by an average of 13.0 points, but Washington might find inspiration after the Cavaliers ended their woes.
“He gave us a huge lift,” Gibson said. “All game long he kept saying, ‘We ain’t losing this game.’ We all had that feeling.”
For Jamison, this will be his first game against his former team since being dealt to Cleveland nearly one year ago. Jamison, who played 5 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, missed Cleveland’s 107-102 win over Washington on Nov. 6 with a sore knee.
While the Cavaliers look to build off a rare win, the Wizards fell for the ninth time in 10 games, 118-94 to league-leading San Antonio on Saturday.
The Wizards are allowing 108.5 points away from home this season.
“You’re as good as your last performance. Right now, we’re not very good,” coach Flip Saunders said. “We’ve got to get a lot better to compete with anybody in the NBA.”