At 0-18, Nets Set Futility Mark
But take heart, fans: NJ not yet threatening all-time skid of 24
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 2, 2009 9:32 PM CST
Unidentified New Jersey Nets fans react during tonight's fourth quarter.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The New Jersey Nets were pounded into NBA infamy tonight, falling 117-101 to the Dallas Mavericks for their 18th consecutive loss to start the season. The Nets passed the 1988-89 Miami Heat and 1999 Los Angeles Clippers, who both dropped their first 17 games. New Jersey's next chance to end the streak comes Friday at home against Charlotte—and the Nets have a little ways to go to challenge to league's record losing streak of 24, which carried the Cleveland Cavaliers from the 1981-82 season into '82-83.