The longest losing streak ever is no more.
A few tidbits on the Cleveland Cavaliers' 126-119 overtime win over the Clippers, which ended their 26-game skid:
• The Cavaliers matched, but didn’t better, the longest losing streak in any of the four major sports. Their mark matched that of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 to 1977 and baseball’s 1889 Louisville Colonels.
• The Cavaliers still have a few losing streaks alive. They’ve dropped 26 consecutive road games, 16 straight games to teams with winning records and 13 straight games to Eastern Conference opponents.
• During the Cavaliers' losing streak, the Spurs won 21 games, most in the NBA, two more than the Chicago Bulls. Kevin Durant led the NBA with 733 points, Dwight Howard pulled down 438 rebounds, most in the league, and Steve Nash had an NBA-best 298 assists.
• The Clippers managed an unusual statistical quirk in that every player who played in the game had a negative plus/minus rating. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they're the only team in the past 10 years to lose an overtime game and have every player who played post a negative plus/minus rating.
The Heat’s 22 points in the paint in the first quarter (sparked by six offensive rebounds) tied a season high. Their first-quarter total exceeded their totals for the rest of the game in both categories. In quarters two through four, the Heat totaled 20 points in the paint and grabbed just five offensive rebounds.
The Heat also excelled in transition, going 16-for-22 from the field in transition (according to video review), recording five more makes in transition than they did in their previous two meetings with the Pistons combined.
Kobe Bryant scored 33 points in a 113-96 win for the Los Angeles Lakers over the Knicks, and was at his most dominant in the first quarter, when he hit six of seven shots from 15 feet and beyond. That’s the most shots he’s made from 15 feet and beyond in any quarter this season. His 19 points in the first quarter were his second-highest total in the opening period this season. He had 21 first-quarter points on Jan. 28 against the Kings.
Bryant was 4-for-4 on isolation plays when guarded by Danilo Gallinari, and went 7-for-9 from the field on those plays for the game.
The Lakers continued their recent defensive success in half-court situations, holding the Knicks to 39.3 percent shooting in those instances, according to video review. In their past four games, Lakers opponents have shot just 41 percent when working out of a half-court offense.