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76ers tie team record with 20th straight loss

Philadelphia matches mark set in 1973 with 103-77 defeat by Memphis.

March 15, 2014

The Philadelphia 76ers had a loss for the record book Saturday night. Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph had 14 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-77 win at Philadelphia, sending the 76ers to a franchise record-tying 20th consecutive loss.

They can set the team mark with a loss Monday night at Indiana.

The 76ers also lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9 to Feb. 11, 1973, on their way to a 9-73 record, still the worst season in NBA history. The league record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.

That mark just may be next: The 76ers (15-51) play only one team over the next six games with a losing record, New York on Friday, and the Knicks are on a six-game winning streak.

Michael Carter-Williams led the 76ers with 23 points and Thaddeus Young had 20.

Indiana 112, at Detroit 104 (OT): Paul George scored 30 points, Andrew Bynum had 15 points and nine rebounds in his second game with his new team, and the Pacers rallied from a 25-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Pistons and remain 31/2 games ahead of Miami in the race for the top seeding in the Eastern Conference.

at Chicago 94, Sacramento 87: Joakim Noah had an exceptional all-around game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, five blocked shots and three steals, and the Bulls (37-29) won for the 11th time in 14 games to move to within one game of third-place Toronto in the East. Taj Gibson had 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

at New York 115, Milwaukee 94: Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20, and the Knicks routed the league's worst team for their season-high sixth consecutive win. They remained 31/2 games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the East.

at Washington 101, Brooklyn 94: John Wall scored 33 points, Drew Gooden got 11 of his 21 in the final quarter and the Wizards (35-31) overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to complete a 3-0 sweep of the season series and move ahead of the Nets (33-31) for fifth place in the East.

at Atlanta 97, Denver 92: Paul Millsap had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Teague had 15 points and 10 assists, and the Hawks rallied for their third straight win.

—associated press

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