INDIANAPOLIS – After Philadelphia’s latest loss gave the 76ers their longest skid in franchise history, coach Brett Brown insisted he doesn’t dwell on the streak.
Lance Stephenson scored 25 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied from an early deficit to beat Philadelphia 99-90 on Monday night, handing the 76ers their 21st consecutive loss.
“It’s hard because of a competitive thing, but in relation to worrying about a record, we don’t live in that world,” Brown said. “I don’t bring that to that locker room once. I don’t mention it to them, I don’t think about it often — (but) you can’t help but be aware of it.”
Philadelphia eclipsed its previous mark of 20 straight losses during the 1972-73 season, when it finished 9-73. The Sixers tied the Detroit Pistons for the sixth-longest losing streak in NBA history. The Pistons lost 21 straight bridging the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons.
The Cleveland Cavaliers set the NBA record for consecutive losses with 26, in the 2010-11 season.
“We move on. We’re on a different path right now,” Brown said. “We started this season with a plan, we took it to a whole other level to reconfirm our plan on trade deadline night.”
Paul George had 24 points for the Pacers, who staked Philadelphia to a 15-6 advantage before taking the lead and pulling away. George Hill scored 11 points, Ian Mahinmi had 10 and David West grabbed 12 rebounds.
Thaddeus Young had 23 points to lead the Sixers, who haven’t won since Jan. 29 at Boston. Evan Turner, now with the Pacers, hit the game-winning shot in that 95-94 win by Philadelphia. Turner, traded to Indiana with Lavoy Allen on Feb. 20 for Danny Granger and a draft pick, had four points and seven rebounds against his former team on Monday.
Nets 108, Suns 95
In New York, Deron Williams scored 28 points and even dunked for the first time this season, leading Brooklyn past Phoenix and extending its home winning streak to nine.
Williams shot 11 of 13 from the field and looks all the way back from the ankle problems that wrecked his first half of the season.
Markieff Morris scored 18 points and Gerald Green 17 for the Suns.
Thunder 97, Bulls 85
In Chicago, Kevin Durant finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and Oklahoma City beat the Bulls.
Russell Westbrook added 17 points after sitting out the previous day to rest his surgically repaired knee, and the Thunder rebounded from their most lopsided loss of the season.
Durant ran his streak of games with 25 or more points to 32, the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan did it in 40 in a row during the 1986-87 season. He also chipped in with five assists.
Rockets 124, Jazz 86
In Houston, Terrence Jones scored 30 points and the Rockets ended a three-game skid with their most lopsided victory of the season, trouncing Utah.
Dwight Howard was out with an ankle strain, leaving Houston without him for the first time this season.
Mavericks 94, Celtics 89
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki led another balanced scoring effort with 19 points, and the Mavericks opened a franchise-record eight-game homestand by holding on for a victory over Boston.
Nuggets 110, Clippers 100
In Denver, reserve J.J. Hickson had 21 points and Ty Lawson scored eight of his 19 in a late fourth-quarter run, helping the Nuggets end Los Angeles’ 11-game winning streak.
Kenneth Faried added 18 points and 16 rebounds in a duel in the paint against Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, who finished with 26 points and 12 boards.
Hawks 97, Bobcats 83
In Charlotte, Paul Millsap scored 28 points, and Atlanta snapped the Bobcats’ eight-game home winning streak.