The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading towards the end of the season by racking up the losses.
On Sunday, the Cavs lost to the Dallas Mavericks 124-97 at home. The loss is Cleveland’s 10th straight, tying a season high set back in February. It also came despite Mavs star Luka Doncic being ejected in the third quarter and the Cavs, in theory, still in it by virtue of being down 11 at the time of the ejection.
The final deficit was 27.
Collin Sexton led the Cavs with 24 points in 32 minutes. Mfiondu Kabengele and Brodric Thomas added 14 and 13 points off the bench respectively. Mavs guard Tim Hardaway Jr. led all scorers with 25 points with Doncic finishing with 15 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Cleveland was again without several players due to injury, most notably Darius Garland due to an ankle injury. Cedi Osman and Isaiah Hartenstein also missed the game and were game-day scratches. It’s unclear if Garland, or any one else, will play tomorrow when the Cavs face the Pacers.
The rest of the season also figures to remain a challenge for the Cavs. All four opponents — the Pacers, the Celtics, the Wizards and the Nets — all have playoff seeding concerns on the line in the NBA’s final week of the season. It seems possible, if not likely, that the Cavs will end the year on their worst losing streak of the season.
Up next: The Cavs host the Pacers tomorrow at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.