Published November 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Cleveland Cavaliers' most lopsided loss ever has their players feeling humiliated, dejected and running for cover.
"I feel like I can't even show my face in Cleve," guard Mo Williams said on his Twitter account after the Los Angeles Lakers crushed the Cavaliers 112-57 Tuesday.
The loss set club records for margin of defeat and fewest points in a game. It also established a Lakers record for fewest points allowed in a game.
Cleveland has an NBA-worst 8-30 record, having dropped 11 in a row and 21 of their last 22 games.
"It can't get any worse than this," Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison told reporters. "I don't know how much of this I can take but this by far is rock bottom.
"It's definitely, by far, one of the most embarrassing moments that I've been a part of as far as the game of basketball."
Even LeBron James seems to have gotten into the act. Although he never specifically mentioned Dan Gilbert, the Cavaliers' owner appears to have been the intended target on James's Twitter account.
Gilbert had berated James last summer after he left to join All-Stars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat, saying James will bring his "bad karma" to South Florida.
The Cavaliers had been one of the NBA's top teams before James left. But he is not the only reason for their slump.
Injuries have hit Cleveland hard with starters Anderson Varejao, Daniel Gibson and Anthony Parker all missing the Lakers game.
"They are going through rough times," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. "It's unfortunate. Fortune is not on their side right now as far as staying healthy."
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Steve Ginsburg)