76ers drop 25th straight game


The San Antonio Spurs knew the Philadelphia 76ers were coming in on a long losing streak.

They had no intentions of taking it easy on them.

Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 as the Spurs earned their 14th straight win with a 113-91 victory Monday night that sent the 76ers to their 25th consecutive loss.

Philadelphia will face Houston on Thursday with the dubious distinction of being a loss shy of tying the NBA record for consecutive losses set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11.

Before the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he felt terrible for former assistant Brett Brown, now the 76ers’ coach. But he added that he did not feel sorry for “one of my best friends,” because pity would upset his former protégé.

“Obviously, it’s a rough season for them,” Duncan said. “It’s a rebuilding season for them. (Brown) knows that, they know that. They have a lot of young guys. He’s just trying to get the system in place that has them playing the way he wants them playing. It’s a process. He knows that.”

Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 15 points each and Cory Joseph added 12 for San Antonio, which maintained the league’s best record at 54-16. The Spurs did not play starters Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, but did not need them against the lowly 76ers.

Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams each scored 19 points for Philadelphia (15-56).

Popovich called timeout with 3:44 left in the first quarter after Elliot Williams dunked over Duncan to tie it at 19-19.

San Antonio went on a 26-5 spurt bridging the first and second quarters, capped by a 19-0 run.

Clippers 106, Bucks 98

In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds as the Clippers made it consecutive 50-win seasons with a lackluster victory over Milwaukee.

Chris Paul had 14 points and seven assists for Los Angeles, which has won 13 of 14 overall.

Heat 93, Trail Blazers 91

In Miami, LeBron James scored 32 points, including a layup with 11.4 seconds left, and Chris Bosh capped his 30th birthday by blocking Damian Lillard’s layup in the final moments as the Heat escaped with a win over Portland.

Rockets 100, Bobcats 89

In Charlotte, James Harden scored 31 points and Dwight Howard had a double-double in his return to the court as Houston defeated the Bobcats for its fourth straight win.

Suns 102, Hawks 95

In Atlanta, Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points to lead five Phoenix players in double figures as the Suns won their fourth in a row, beating the Hawks to pull even with Dallas for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Bulls 89, Pacers 77

In Chicago, Taj Gibson led five players in double figures with 23 points as the Bulls brushed off a poor offensive first half to rally past Indiana.

Thunder 117, Nuggets 96

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 27 points and eight assists to help the Thunder defeat Denver.

Grizzlies 109, T-Wolves 92

In Memphis, Mike Conley had 23 points and six assists and Marc Gasol added 14 and 12 rebounds as the Grizzlies built an early lead and easily dispatched short-handed Minnesota.

Pelicans 109, Nets 104 (OT)

In New Orleans, Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 33 points as the short-handed Pelicans rallied from 22 down in the third quarter, beating Brooklyn.

Pistons 114, Jazz 94

In Salt Lake City, Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds as Detroit shot a season-best 55 percent to blow by Utah.