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Saturday, March 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (15-54) at Chicago Bulls (38-31), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia 76ers are on the cusp of NBA futility
and the schedule doesn't get any easier for a team mired in a 23-game slide.
The 76ers hope to halt a franchise-record losing streak when they start a
three-game road trip Saturday against the Chicago Bulls. They will also make
stops in San Antonio and Houston, and the chances of matching a 26-game losing
streak by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11 seem legitimate.
Philadelphia could have the record after a March 29 visit by Detroit.
It's hard to imagine there's a worse team out there with the Milwaukee Bucks
sporting a 13-56 record. The Sixers fell to 15-54 on the season with Friday's
tough 93-92 loss to the surging New York Knicks and scored 18 of the game's
final 20 points. The Sixers made a valiant effort to snap the streak, but a
turnover by James Anderson and a missed 3-pointer from Michael Carter-Williams
did them in.
The Sixers attempted a franchise-record 41 3-pointers and made only 10 of
them. Anderson, who was 1-of-10 from long distance, had the ball in his hands
and was driving toward the basket, but his pass to Thaddeus Young in the
corner went out of bounds with 8.6 seconds left.
"When I go back I can make a better judgement when I look at the tape I felt
like that's what the game gave us," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said on the
amount of long distance shots. "I'm sure when I go back 41 is a huge number. I
thought that's what the game gave us and I'm ok with that."
Philadelphia's current losing streak ties for the second-longest in a single
season in NBA history, matching the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Denver
Nuggets (1997-98) and Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12).
The Sixers, who are 3-33 in the past 36 games, last prevailed on a buzzer-
beating shot at Boston on Jan, 29. They are winless in nine straight on the
road and have a 7-25 record as the guest.
Sixers guard Tony Wroten is nursing a high ankle sprain and is out
indefinitely. Wroten had 12 points against the Knicks and is averaging 16.3
points in his last eight games (3 starts).
Meanwhile, the Bulls aim to get back on track after suffering a 91-79 road
loss to the East-leading Indiana Pacers.
Jimmy Butler and D.J. Augustin scored 17 points apiece and Joakim Noah added
12 and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which entered the night having won three of
four games. The Bulls shot a paltry 36 percent and were outrebounded 51-36.
"They're a good defensive team," said Noah. "You've got to give them credit
where credit is due. For us, personally, we could do a few things better."
All five Indiana starters scored in double figures and Luis Scola netted 19
off the bench.
The Bulls are back home for three straight games against Philadelphia, Indiana
and Portland, and have a 21-13 record at the United Center. They are fourth in
the conference standings -- a half-game behind Toronto and one ahead of
Chicago just beat the Sixers 102-94 on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center and is
10-4 in the past 14 meetings. The 76ers have dropped four in a row and eight
of nine visits to the United Center.
03/22 10:19:35 ET