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Final Score: Cavs match last season’s loss total with 133-98 loss to Pelicans

A night after things got bleak, they got worse.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, the Cavaliers lost their 32nd game on April 11 — the last day of the regular season. With their 133-98 loss to the Pelicans on Saturday night in Cleveland, the Cavs lost their 32nd game on Jan. 5.

In the loss, the night after the Cavs trailed by as many as 34 points in a loss to the Jazz, they trailed by as many as 35 points.

A few notes about the loss:

  • The 35-point deficit is a new season high, beating the high of 34 points the Cavs trailed by against the Jazz
  • The Cavs were outscored by 26 points less than 24 hours after having a team meeting that was at least somewhat about not falling part in the second half. Last night, Cleveland led by point. On Saturday, it trailed by nine points at the half.
  • Saturday’s loss is the Cavs’ ninth straight on the season. Their last win was on Dec. 18 when Larry Nance Jr. tipped in a shot at the buzzer against the Pacers.
  • This is the Cavs’ fifth consecutive loss at home of 20 points or more.

In the loss to the Pelicans, the Cavs shot 40.9 percent from the field and finished with an offensive rating of 97.0, per Cleaning The Glass. That’s 8.1 points per 100 possessions worse than their mark coming into the game.

Jordan Clarkson led the Cavs with 23 points. Collin Sexton was second with 15 points.

The Cavs are off until Tuesday when they host the Pacers in the final game of their current four-game homestand. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.