Posted March 28, 2014

Sixers lose to Rockets, tie NBA record with 26th straight loss

Ben Golliver, Brett Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers
(Scott Halleran/Getty Images Sport)

The Sixers have now lost 26 straight games, tying an NBA record. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images Sport)

The Philadelphia 76ers tied an NBA record by losing their 26th consecutive game when they fell to the Rockets 120-98 in Houston on Thursday.

The only other team to suffer so many consecutive defeats? The 2010-11 Cavaliers, who were picking up the pieces after franchise player LeBron James signed with the Heat during the preceding offseason.

Philadelphia hasn’t won a game since Jan. 29, and it has suffered a series of blowout losses since the trade deadline, when GM Sam Hinkie traded away Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to ramp up the team’s rebuilding effort. The Sixers will have a chance to set a new record for the NBA’s longest losing streak when they host Detroit on Saturday.

Here’s a quick look at the Sixers’ streak by the numbers…

  • Average margin of defeat: 17.1 points
  • Average points conceded: 111.3 points
  • Average points scored: 94.3 points
  • Number of days since Philadelphia’s last win: 58
  • Number of defeats by 20+ points: 9
  • Number of defeats by 40+ points: 2
  • Number of defeats by four points or less: 1
  • Philadelphia’s offensive efficiency rank: No. 30 out of 30
  • Philadelphia defensive efficiency rank: No. 28 out of 30

Sixers coach Brett Brown has confronted the team’s struggles head on, admitting this week that the losing streak will have a carry-over effect into the upcoming offseason.

“No free agent is going to want to come to Philadelphia at this stage,” Brown said, according to Philly.com. Why would a good free agent want to come in and be a part of a rebuild?”

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Should Philadelphia lose out the balance of their regular season schedule, which is a distinct possibility, it would finish with an almost unthinkable 36-game losing streak.

“Any win that we have going forward would be considered an upset,” Brown admitted earlier this month, according to CSNPhilly.com. “This is not slit-your-wrist time. This is not even close to that. This is about building a program and understanding the short-term pain for a lot of long-term gain. … To truly rebuild and grow something is going to take three to five years. That is just the way it goes.”

9 comments
bserious
bserious

The NBA is a joke of a league now.  With so many teams' front offices trying so hard to lose, and so many fans wanting the team they root for to lose, I don't know how anyone can say anything else.  Nobody should say that the players want to lose, they all know they're getting judged on their performances, it's just the front offices who want their teams to utterly fail when it comes to the only thing that supposed to matter, winning.  Not that there isn't some tanking in other leagues, but in the game that has the smallest number of players playing, getting one good player is going to have much more of an effect than any other sport, so no other sport is as much incentive to lose like basketball. (hockey may seem like it only has 6 at a time, but even if a team only plays 2 lines, which only happens for short periods, that means there are 11 players rolling through every 2 minutes or so).  I like the idea of just a rotating draft order, if done right, every team would get a top 5 pick every 6 years, a top 10 every 3 years.  Then, rather than these teams' sham attempts at "competing", while still charging fans the same exorbitant prices, all the front offices would have a single job: trying to find the best team they can put on the floor, there would be no reason to do anything else.

JulesG
JulesG

They are not tanking. I wish people would stop saying that. And I am speaking from the player's perspective. The 76ers traded away their top players in the middle of the season! So with that said, we shouldn't even be talking about this.

Marty2
Marty2

Too many teams.  When a league has this many non-competitive teams, and teams in markets that get ZERO TV appearances, then this is a league that needs to contract about 5 teams.

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

This is today's NBA. why is anyone surprised by this, the Sixers coach declared weeks ago that they were not going to win again for the rest of the season. I hope all their draft choices flame out and they have to rebuild for the next twenty years. And they make a fan "PAY" to watch this. Disgusting. 

wetmouse
wetmouse

Remember folks, there's no such thing as tanking!

Tanks alot, Adam Silver.

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

“This is not slit-your-wrist time. This is not even close to that. This is about building a program and understanding the short-term pain for a lot of long-term gain. … To truly rebuild and grow something is going to take three to five years. That is just the way it goes.”  <-- yet earlier he said the losing streak would make it harder to bring in free agents.


So which is it? 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

They should stop keeping track of these dubious records during the "Era of Tanking."

J Taylor
J Taylor

I feel bad for the players on the 76'ers and Bucks that have to endure. - I can't imagine playing on the one of the worst teams in history. 

Maybe the Players Union can ante up the pressure about tanking.

MickPatrick
MickPatrick

@JulesG It's hard to imagine a better way for a team to tank than to dump all of its talent. True ... the remaining players presumably are trying to win. The organization, however, clearly set its sights on the draft lottery and is doing everything possible to maximize its chances. And that's nothing short of disgraceful.