The Cavs went scoreless over the game's final two minutes and fell to the Charlotte Bobcats 98-97 Wednesday when Anthony Parker’s floater at the buzzer bounced around and fell out.
The Cavs were coming off an emotional victory over LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Tuesday and trying for their first winning streak since early November. J.J. Hickson had 20 points, 16 in the second half, Ramon Sessions had 24 points off the bench and Parker had 14 for the Cavs. He had made 6 of 8 shots before taking the final shot at the buzzer.
The Cavs played short on bigs most of the night. Samardo Samuels missed the game with an injured wrist, then Hickson picked up three fouls within the game's first seven minutes. Ryan Hollins fell into foul trouble as well, leaving coach Byron Scott to play Luke Harangody and Joey Graham in the post for long stretches.
Still, the Cavs had a shot at the end.
Charlotte's Boris Diaw had 26 points and 11 assists, including the game-winning free throw with 14 seconds left, Kwame Brown had 16 points and D.J. Augustin had 12 assists on two bad legs for the Bobcats. They remain tied with the Indiana Pacers in the loss column for the final playoff seed in the East.