After the Cavaliers dropped a 92-86 decision to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night for their eighth loss in nine games, James summed up the obvious.
"We're not playing very good basketball," he said. "Right now, we're not a very good team."
Philadelphia, which has won five of six, had something to do with that in the Cavaliers' latest loss. Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala scored 20 points apiece while Samuel Dalembert added 16 points and a season-high 19 rebounds.
The 76ers saw their four-game winning streak snapped Friday night with a home loss to Sacramento, but they bounced back against the defending Eastern Conference champions.
"That was a team win," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Everyone who came in the game was focused."
After Damon Jones' 3-pointer gave the Cavaliers a 75-74 lead with 7:57 to play, four points by Iguodala, including a 3, and baskets by Miller and Dalembert provided an 8-0 run that gave Philadelphia the lead for good.
The Cavaliers trailed 86-84 when James missed a 17-footer from the corner with 1:05 to play. Iguolada followed with a key three-point play with 1:01 left.
James, the NBA's leading scorer, and Drew Gooden led Cleveland with 21 points apiece. The Cavaliers lost six straight while James was out with a sprained finger. Cleveland rolled to a blowout win over Indiana when James returned to the lineup, but has lost the next two.
"Right now, we're reeling a bit because of the losses," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "We've got to fight through it and find a way to get it done."
Cleveland built a 31-20 lead early in the second quarter, but Philadelphia finished the period with a 31-15 run. The 76ers made 13 of 19 shots in the quarter, including four 3s.
The Cavaliers started slowly, turning the ball over on their first three possessions and then missed shots their next three times down the floor. Brown called time at the 9:30 mark with the 76ers leading 4-0.
James led a charge that included two dunks and a twisting layup as the quarter ended. He finished the period with 12 points.
Korver added 13 for the 76ers, who scored 18 fastbreak points in the second quarter and 35 for the game.
"It started from getting stops," Dalembert said. "When we get stops, we usually do a good job getting out on the break."
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 12 for Cleveland, which again struggled on both ends of the floor. The Cavaliers made two field goals in the final 7:58. Guard Larry Hughes was 1-for-9 from the floor after making 6 of 17 shots Friday night against New Jersey.
The Cavaliers fell to 5-5 at home after going 30-11 at Quicken Loans Arena last season.
"I don't want to say it hurts, but losing any game at home or any game at all doesn't feel good," James said. "We have to regroup."
The Cavaliers played without guard Daniel Gibson, who was inactive. He had a wisdom tooth removed during the week and was bumped in the face Friday night.
G Devin Brown did not play (coach's decision) for the third straight game. ... The Cavaliers have trailed going into the fourth quarter in 19 of their 24 games. ... Miller had five assists and was 6-for-6 from the line. ... The 76ers began a stretch in which they play 13 of 17 on the road.