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Sixers fall to Pacers, losing streak reaches 21, five short of tying NBA record

Mar 18, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

Brett Brown, Lavoy Allen, Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner, Lorenzo Brown AP

Philadelphia did hang with Indiana Monday night. The Sixers led through the first quarter and even when the Pacers came back in the second quarter their lead never swelled to more than 10, Philly cut it to three in the final minutes of the 99-90 Indiana win. It was the second time in a week they hung with Indiana, one of the league’s elite.

But moral victories are meaningless for the Sixers.

Their now franchise-record losing streak has reached 21 games.

The players are trying not to focus on it, said Henry Sims to CSNPhilly’s Dei Lynam.

“If we focused on that, that would be all we would focus on,” starting center Henry Sims said after collecting 11 rebounds in the game. “We are focused on the next game.

“We played the Pacers tough. I thought this was one of the better games we played since I have been here. Losses I am not worried about. I am worried about building. We played well. How do we sustain it and build on it for the next game?”

What else is he going to say? What else can the Sixers try to do?

The NBA record for consecutive losses 26 (Cleveland in 2010-11) and it’s hard to see how Philly doesn’t tie it. Look at their next five games:

• Chicago (Wednesday)
• New York (Friday, the Knicks have won six in a row)
• at Chicago (Saturday)
• at San Antonio
• at Houston

Not a win likely in there.

March 29 they host the Detroit Pistons the most likely potential win, the game that can stop the Sixers from setting a new NBA record for losses.

Problem is, teams that might have looked past the Sixers before will be up for them now — you don’t want to be the team the Sixers beat to break the streak.

It’s going to get worse before it gets better in Philadelphia.

  1. 700levelvet - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    And no one in Philly really cares anymore… Owners,players, fans.. Everyone is well aware this entire organization is a joke..

    • ryanrockzzz - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      That’s not true at all. People aren’t going to the games, but everyone in Philly is onborad with this. They need to tank two years in a row, and I wouldn’t care if they lost 100 games in a row if it meant two years of a lottery picks.

    • willkill4caffeine - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      ^^ typical know-nothing fan who more than likely doesn’t even follow the sport, yet thinks he can speak for all the Phialdelphians who actually recognize what this team is trying to accomplish in the long run.

      Regardless of how ugly it is right now, in this days NBA, you have to do it this way if you want to build a potential championship-caliber team. If not, you need a fan base that’s content with being a 6th-seed bounced in the first or second round of the playoffs year in, year out. That’s not Philadelphia.

      Sam Hinkie is doing what he has to do. Sacrificing the short-term to make the 76ers relevant in the long-term.

    • pourman - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      The joke is the current structure of the NBA which mandates that only a handful of teams can be competitive. Unless you are a star free agent “destination” or hit the lottery (literally) several times in the draft you are doomed to be the Washington Generals. Hinkie is just doing the NBA equivalent of chewing the foot off to get free of the trap. It’s hideous but it’s our only shot (and unfortunately, a long one).

    • whoisrdymlz - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Not a Philadelphia fan nor do I live there but I can say with certainty that this not true.

  2. kansacity88 - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    The Bulls will blow one of their games….and I’m a Bulls fan. I hope they don’t but…..*smdh*

  3. asimonetti88 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    And yet amazingly the Bucks still somehow have a worse record

    • phillyfan11 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Everyone seems to forget this.

  4. bucrightoff - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Wonder if Popovich will sit his big 4 (and yeah Leonard is in there now) to give his guy Brown a chance so that he isn’t the coach of the longest losing streak ever. I wonder if it would even matter. San Antonio’s bench can beat the Sixers I would think.

  5. 00maltliquor - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    As least Philly been winning ATS lately. They more then covered the ridiculous +20 they were given yesterday. IND been sucking lately, 1-9 the last 10 ATS.

  6. eagles512 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Sixers fans I know are all on board. Rookie of the year, cap space and possibly adding 3 lottery picks next year. (Including Noels)

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