MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Reuters) - The Cleveland Cavaliers tied the NBA record for the most consecutive losses at 23 after losing 112-105 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
The Cavaliers' 23rd straight defeat matched the mark shared by the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies and 1997-98 Denver Nuggets. The Grizzlies relocated to Memphis in 2001.
"We're going to break (out of) it sooner or later."
Memphis opened the fourth quarter with a blistering 13-0 run to erase a one-point deficit and dash the Cavaliers' hopes of avoiding the ignominious record.
The Cavaliers had overcome a slow start with a 14-0 run toward the end of the first quarter to open a 32-26 lead.
"They obviously thought they could get one the last game. You have to give them their due in being professional and playing really hard."
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Ian Ransom and Peter Rutherford)