Brook Lopez had 28 points, including the game-winner with 1.4 seconds left and the New Jersey Nets handed the Cleveland Cavaliers a historic loss with a 103-101 victory on Monday.
Daniel Gibson had a shot to win it at the buzzer, but his 3-pointer from the baseline bounced off the back of the rim. The Cavs have lost 21 straight on the road, equaling the franchise record for longest road losing streak. They’ve also lost 17 in a row – two shy of the single-season record for longest losing streak.
Antawn Jamison had 26 points, Gibson had 19 and Ramon Sessions had 16 for the Cavs, who have dropped 27 of 28. This one may have hurt the most.
The Cavs scored 52 points in the paint and led most of the night, but stopped attacking the basket and started settling for jumpers over the final eight minutes as the Nets rallied to win for the third time in their last four games. The two teams entered as the worst in the Eastern Conference, but put on a good show.
Gibson sat in a ball on the corner of the court after missing the final shot, his head in his hands as teammates Ramon Sessions, Joey Graham and Ryan Hollins came over to pick him up. Graham had previously tied the game with five seconds left on a 3-pointer in the same corner where Gibson missed.