Officially, the season is now meaningless. The Cavaliers were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs one night before the Philadelphia 76ers came to Cleveland on Friday. Not that anyone had any hopes for miracles.

Officially devoid of any hope, the Cavaliers responded with a lifeless and uninspired performance against the Sixers in a 97-87 loss at The Q. The defeat came courtesy of a slew of the same old problems that have led to a seven-game losing streak, the longest of the season.

Another poor defensive showing. Another miserable third quarter in which they were outscored, 32-21. Another failure to find any kind of offensive spark when they needed it when surging in the final moments.

Afterward, as Cavaliers coach Byron Scott and players alike talked in hushed, disappointed tones, they denied that they have officially given up for the season.

"I really don't (think so)," Scott said. "(But) this is a big-time test. We're going through some adversity as far as losing. It's going to test the type of character we have in that locker room. We'll see if guys go south or north or whatever."

Against the Sixers, the Cavaliers went all separate directions near the end of the second quarter, as the 10-point lead they built with 3:49 left evaporated with Philadelphia's 14-4 run to intermission.

By the third quarter, Cleveland was back to its standard sluggish return from halftime. The Sixers outscored the Cavaliers, 32-21, in the quarter, as Ohio State product Evan Turner led the way with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Turner finished with a game-high 23 points, and added 13 rebounds and four assists.