Grizzlies hand 76ers 20th straight loss
AP March 17, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers had a loss for the record book.
Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph had 14 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-77 win Saturday night, sending the 76ers to a franchise-tying 20th straight loss.
The Sixers can set the team mark with a loss Monday night at Indiana.
The Sixers also lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9, 1973-Feb. 11, 1973, in a 9-73 season. The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
That mark just may be next: The Sixers (15-51) play only one team over the next six games with a losing record, the Knicks on Friday, and they are on a six-game winning streak.
Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 23 points and Thaddeus Young had 20.
"This is not slit-your-wrist time. This is not even close to that," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said before the game. "This is about building a program and understanding the short-term pain for a lot of long-term gain.
Pacers 112, Pistons 104, OT Paul George scored 30 points and Indiana rallied from a 25-point second-quarter deficit to defeat Detroit.
Evan Turner added 20 points for the Pacers, and David West scored six of his 15 points in overtime. Indiana leads Miami by 3 1/2 games in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Josh Smith scored 23 points for the Pistons, who lost star center Andre Drummond in the first quarter to a neck injury. Drummond was able to walk off with some assistance, but he was expected to have further testing.
Bulls 94, Kings 87 Joakim Noah had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Taj Gibson scored seven of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Chicago held off Sacramento.
Mike Dunleavy added 16 and DJ Augustin 12 for the Bulls.
Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 26 and DeMarcus Cousins had 25.
Both teams struggled on offense, with the Bulls shooting 40 percent and the Kings 37 percent.
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