Cavaliers’ 12-game winning streak rooted in losses, energy from Isaiah Thomas, other newcomers. Reported by Marla Ridenour. Their 12-game winning streak, one shy of tying the franchise record, seemingly came from nowhere. From the outside, it feels as if the flip-the-switch Cavaliers abruptly decided to play together and find their way out of the darkness. But those on the inside saw this coming. And ironically, it might be partially rooted in what looked like rock bottom. The impetus might have been a 117-115 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 5, when the Hawks were missing five rotation players.