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76ers tie franchise record with 20th straight loss

AP

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,” 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. That’s my vision. That’s how I approach it.”

As the NBA season tipped off, the over-under in Las Vegas for total wins for the 76ers this year was 16.5, the lowest of any team in the league.

They stunned the league with a 3-0 start, including an opening-night win over the Miami Heat, and won four straight road games from Dec. 29-Jan. 4. Outside of those spurts, the Sixers have played down to their preseason projection as one of the NBA’s worst.

“Any win we have right now would be considered an upset,” Brown said. “That’s the way it’s played out at this stage.”

The Sixers last won on Jan. 29 on former guard Evan Turner’s buzzer-beater at Boston. They’ve lost a team-record 16 straight home games, last winning at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 15.

The 53-year-old Brown was part of three NBA title teams with San Antonio as an assistant and won another with the Spurs when he served in the basketball operations department in 1998-99. Pacers 112, Pistons 104 (OT)

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Paul George scored 30 points and Indiana rallied from a 25-point second-quarter deficit to defeat Detroit.

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

In Chicago, Joakim Noah had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Taj Gibson scored seven of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Bulls held off Sacramento.

Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 26 and DeMarcus Cousins had 25. Wizards 101, Nets 94

In Washington, John Wall scored 33 points, Drew Gooden got 11 of his 21 in the final quarter and the Wizards overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Brooklyn and move past the Nets into fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Hawks 97, Nuggets 92

In Atlanta, Paul Millsap had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Teague added 15 points and 10 assists and the Hawks rallied to beat Denver.