Cleveland Cavaliers in History

Events in Sport

  • 1970-10-14 Cleveland Cavaliers lose to Buffalo Braves in their 1st game 107-92
  • 1970-10-28 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 1st home game, lose to San Diego 110-99
  • 1970-11-12 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA victory (11th game), beating Portland 105-103
  • 1970-12-06 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA home victory, beating Buffalo Braves 108-106
  • 1972-02-20 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • 1976-01-24 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)
  • 1976-03-31 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Jazz, 110-101 in New Orleans to clinch club's first ever NBA playoff berth
  • 1976-04-10 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title
  • 1977-12-18 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
  • 1979-12-04 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
  • 1980-01-29 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT
  • 1981-01-03 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr
  • 1982-11-05 Cleveland Cavaliers lose 24th consecutive game (NBA record)

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1988-05-01 After scoring 50 points in Game 1, NBA Eastern Conference playoff series, Michael Jordan has 55 in Chicago Bulls 106-101 win vs Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2; first to score 50+ points in consecutive playoff games

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1989-01-07 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers longest win streak (11)
  • 1991-12-17 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami Heat 148-80, by record 68 pts

  • 1993-04-02 Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mark Price has his consecutive free throw streak end at 77, during a 114-113 loss at Charlotte; falls 1 short of Calvin Murphy’s NBA record of 78 straight free throws
  • 1994-11-08 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st game at Gund Arena, lose to Hous Rockets, 100-98

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1996-03-01 Atlanta's Lenny Wilkens becomes first coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories when the Hawks beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 74-68

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

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2003-06-26 NBA Draft: St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio) small forward LeBron James first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2006-02-19 55th NBA All-Star Game, Toyota Centre, Houston, TX: East beats West, 122-120; MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, F
  • 2007-06-14 61st NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 0
  • 2008-02-17 57th NBA All-Star Game, New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA: East beats West, 134-128; MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, F

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2011-06-23 NBA Draft: Duke point guard Kyrie Irving first pick Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving
  • 2013-06-27 NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett first pick Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2014-02-16 63rd NBA All-Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: East beats West, 163-155; MVP: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, G
  • 2014-06-26 NBA Draft: Kansas small forward Andrew Wiggins first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2015-05-26 Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Eastern Conference
  • 2015-06-16 69th NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 2
  • 2016-06-19 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win first title beating defending champion Golden State Warriors, 93-89 for a 4–3 series victory; 1st team to overcome 3–1 deficit; MVP LeBron James 27 points
  • 2017-06-12 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120 for a 4-1 series victory; MVP Kevin Durant scores 39 points
  • 2018-02-18 NBA All Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: Team LeBron beats Team Curry, 148-145; MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, F

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2018-06-03 Golden State guard Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen's NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers with 9 in the Warriors 122-103 Game 2 win over Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • 2018-06-06 LeBron James eclipses Michael Jordan's record (109) for most 30-point games in NBA playoff history in Cleveland Cavaliers' 110-102 Game 3 Finals loss to Golden State Warriors
  • 2018-06-08 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors win their 3rd title in 4 years with a 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 4-nil sweep. Kevin Durant MVP
  • 2018-07-01 NBA super star LeBron James agrees to a 4-year $154m deal with the LA Lakers, moving from Cleveland Cavaliers

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestNate Thurmond

1941-07-25 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • 1945-01-25 Walt Wesley, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers), born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1946-02-26 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1948-03-10 Austin Carr, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1953-02-05 John Beilein, American basketball head coach (Cleveland Cavaliers 2019; University of Michigan 2007-19), born in Burt, New York
  • 1953-12-09 World B. Free [Lloyd Bernard Free], American NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1955-06-16 Tree Rollins, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • 1957-05-19 Bill Laimbeer, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1958-04-02 Larry Drew, American basketball point guard (Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, LA Clippers, LA Lakers) and coach (Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1962-01-28 Michael Cage, NBA forward/center (Cleveland Cavaliers, NJ Nets)
  • 1965-07-29 Henry James, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1965-07-31 Scott Brooks, American basketball guard, coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2010, OKC Thunder; Washington Wizards 2016-19), born in French Camp, California
  • 1965-10-19 Brad Daugherty, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1966-10-17 Danny Ferry, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1968-03-19 Tyrone Hill, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1969-07-15 John Crotty, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1969-10-17 Joe Courtney, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1969-11-26 Shawn Kemp, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1969-12-20 Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1970-01-25 Chris Mills, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, NY Knicks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970-05-20 Terrell Brandon, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1970-11-26 John Amaechi, English psychologist and NBA player (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970-12-15 Mitchell Butler, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1971-03-28 Wesley Person, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1971-05-05 Harold Miner, American NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1972-05-25 Antonio Lang, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1972-06-16 Shawnelle Scott, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1972-07-17 Donny Marshall, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973-03-25 Bob Sura, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1974-07-18 Derek Anderson, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1975-03-21 Vitaly Potapenko, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1975-06-05 Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Lithuanian American NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Kaunas, Lithuania SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1975-11-08 Brevin Knight, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Livingston, New Jersey

Person of interestLeBron James

1984-12-30 LeBron James, American basketball forward (3-time NBA champion, Olympic gold 2008, 12), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 1988-10-04 Derrick Rose, American basketball point guard (NBA Draft 2008 #1 overall pick Chicago Bulls; NBA MVP 2011; NBA All-Star 2010–12), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestKyrie Irving

1992-03-23 Kyrie Irving, American basketball guard (2011 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Melbourne, Australia

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving
  • 1993-03-14 Anthony Bennett, Canadian basketball power forward (2013 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1995-02-23 Andrew Wiggins, Canadian basketball small forward (2014 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Toronto, Ontario

Weddings in Sport

  • 2011-05-22 R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestNate Thurmond

2016-07-16 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), dies of leukemia at 74

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond