Rockets 116, 76ers 114
Though they tried hard to separate themselves from the most humiliating record in professional sports, the Philadelphia 76ers couldn’t unring the bell. They lost for the 27th straight time going back to last season, which gives them a unique record that no one wants to be a part of, especially the 76ers. The 76ers have the longest losing streak in U.S. sports history, wrestling the record away from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1976-77. It’s been almost 40 years since a United States team has been this pathetic.
Before the game, the 76ers had to deal with Jahlil Okafor questions. Okafor was in a fight on the streets of Boston. He hit someone, a police report was filed, an investigation started. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Okafor had a gun pulled on him in October. All of this is proof the 76ers have failed their young players by not providing them veteran leadership.
When the game started, the 76ers used all of their energy to keep their name out of the record books. It seemed to work. Robert Covington (who?) had 28 points on 6-9 three pointers. He ended up shooting 58%. On the season, Covington is shooting 30%.
Isaiah Canaan was inspired too. He dropped 23 points on 52% shooting. He is shooting 32% on the year.
Jahlil Okafor seemed stressed by his impulsiveness a few days earlier. Had he given the 76ers more than 11 points on 30% shooting, a drop from his 47% average, the 76ers may have been able to sustain a lead.
The 76ers had 18 steals. They made 16 3-pointers. They went on a 24-8 run. They scored 100 points. But, of course they lost.
For reasons that make sense to no one, the 76ers have embarked upon this losing on purpose plan. Bring in D-league players and roll with them. Overburden the couple of talents on the roster. Trade away good prospects. Pretend there is an end game.
In a way, the 76ers deserve this record. They earned it. This was their plan and it failed horribly.
Of the 27 losses here are the highlights:
- 7 times they scored 100+ points
- 10 times they scored 90 points or less
- Twice they lost by one point
- They lost in overtime once
- 9 times they lost by 5 points or less
- 5 times they lost by 20 points or more
- 19 losses were to the Eastern Conference
- 4 losses were in their Division
- 6 losses were to lottery teams
The next possible win will be against the Lakers on Tuesday night in Kobe Bryant’s final appearance in his hometown. Last year the Lakers beat the 76ers in overtime. If the 76ers win on Tuesday, they will have broken a brain-numbing streak of 28 straight losses. Their last win was on March 25th, on the road in Denver, the second night of a back-to-back night.
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