Two days after the Detroit loss, the Cavaliers beat the Clippers 126--119 in overtime in front of a rowdy crowd of 20,562, as wine-and-gold confetti fell from the ceiling and Cleveland Rocks played over the P.A. The Cavaliers needed a couple of shaky calls to get the win—"The worst home-court advantage I've ever seen," Los Angeles rookie phenom Blake Griffin griped—but nobody in Cleveland was complaining.
Yes, this team may be hopeless. But Cleveland knows hopeless. It has come back from it many times. "Don't give up, Cleveland!" the woman yelled at the end of the 26th consecutive loss. "We still love you." And then, under her breath, she muttered, "Even though you suck."
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