It didn't take long for the Charlotte Bobcats to match last season's win total, but they never recovered from a lengthy losing streak.
Still, a late-season push could help them avoid the league's worst record.
Charlotte goes for a season high-tying third straight victory in Wednesday night's season finale against a visiting Cleveland Cavaliers team that could be playing its last game under coach Byron Scott.
With a 7-5 start under first-year coach Mike Dunlap, the Bobcats took a little more than three weeks to equal their victory total from a season ago when they finished 7-59 for the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history.
Charlotte (20-61), though, dropped its next 18 - eight fewer than Cleveland's league-record 26-game skid two seasons ago.
The Bobcats will miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season, but they have an opportunity to leapfrog Orlando and escape the NBA cellar. The teams are tied for the worst record, with the Magic closing at Miami on Wednesday.