76ers lose 26th straight, tie NBA record for futility

76ers lose 26th straight, tie NBA record for futility
March 27, 2014, 10:45 pm
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Mark Strotman

The Philadelphia 76ers did something Thursday night only one other team in NBA history has done: lose their 26th straight game.

The Houston Rockets obliterated the league's most embarrassing team, 120-98, tying the Sixers with the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst losing streak in NBA history.

The last time the Sixers won a game, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos were preparing for the Super Bowl. So, yes, the Seahawks have won a game more recently than the Sixers.

In that span, they have lost 14 games at home, 15 on the road and only been within single-digits by the game's end seven times. Two of the Sixers' closest games during that stretch actually came against the Bulls. On March 19 the Bulls and Sixers were tied with 8 minutes left before the Bulls closed the game on a 17-9 run. Three days later, at the United Center, the Sixers got within three points with 10 minutes remaining before the Bulls eventually cruised to a 102-94 victory.

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The Sixers miraculously started the season 3-0, including a win over the Bulls three days after beating the Miami Heat and one day after beating the Washington Wizards. But trading away Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes has doomed a team destined for the NBA Lottery, and they'll need to hit on their top-3 pick to avoid something like this next season.

The Sixers will look to avoid breaking away from that 2010-11 Cavaliers team -- that was still reeling after the loss of LeBron James -- when they host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. The Pistons have won the first three matchups against Philadelphia but will be playing on no rest after a Friday matchup against the Heat. Plus, the Pistons are just 9-23 away from the Motor City.