It has been the worst year in Philadelphia 76ers history judging by the team losing their 21st consecutive game Monday against the Indiana Pacers 99-90. It was the second time in less than a week Indiana has beaten the Sixers and set their franchise record for longest losing streak. In order for the Sixers to avoid the NBA record for most consecutive losses set at 26 by the 2010 Cleveland Cavaliers, they will have to steal a win in their next five games.
For as bad as the Sixers have been this year, they played the Pacers tough on the road. Philadelphia controlled the first quarter before Indiana turned up their play and outscored them 37-26 in the second. The Sixers fought back and closed the led several times, before the Pacers would be able to extend it. The closest Philly got was 88-85. Then in typical crushing fashion for the Sixers, point guard George Hill nailed a three pointer and Indiana knocked down free throws on their way to a 99-90 win.
Shooting guard Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 25 points, including 19 in the first half. Paul George added 24 points and eight rebounds despite shooting only 4-14 from the floor. He made up for that at the free throw line where he knocked down 14-15.
The Sixers found some balance on offense with four players in double figures. Forward Thaddeus Young led the way with 23 points. Guards Tony Wroten and Hollis Thompson added 17 apiece, while rookie Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points and 13 rebounds.
For a team as defensive challenged as Philadelphia, they were able to hold the Pacers under 40 percent shooting and 100 points. It was only the second time during the losing streak they have not given up 100 points. It was not enough to break the streak. They will pay the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
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