Courtside stories: 1992 New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavs set records

coleman-dunk-spursBy Robert Mint

Before the Chicago Bulls won the NBA championship during the 1991-92 season, there were two other teams that weren’t as lucky, and yet they achieved their own records.

Those were the New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Nets, coming off an awful 26-56 season, were in for a change. They received someone by the name of Drazen Petrovic, a sharpshooter, that soon became the struggling team’s heart and soul.

Petrovic’s arrival helped the team improve. Backed up by talented Derrick Coleman and Mookie Blaylock, Petrovic led the Nets to an improved 40-42 record in the 1991-92 season, averaging over 20 points per game.

That season the Nets set a record previously mentioned. The team won five straight games in the regular season – their first in the last six years (since 1985-86 season). The Nets couldn’t win the sixth game, as they were beaten on the road by Charles Barkley and the Philadelphia Sixers.

Cleveland Cavaliers also set a record that season, with the help from the team’s veterans, Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and Larry Nance.

Coached by legendary Lenny Wilkens, the team won 11 straight games, tying their franchise record. The Cavaliers finished second in the NBA’s Central Division.

The Cavaliers wrapped up the regular season with a 57-25 record, going strong into the playoffs, where they were defeated in the Eastern Conference Finals 4-2 by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.


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