Sixers tie NBA record with 26th straight loss

76ers Handed twenty sixth Straight Loss

 HOUSTON – After the Philadelphia 76ers tied an NBA report with their twenty sixth consecutive loss, one of their youngest voices spoke loudest.

Michael Carter-Williams, one of six rookies on the NBA's youngest team, delivered a pep speak after James Harden's triple-double led the Houston Rockets to a one hundred twenty-98 victory on Thursday night time.

"Throughout the recreation a couple of guys had long faces.. and I discovered myself a little bit down," said Carter-Williams, who had 10 assists. "I just don't desire anybody in this locker room feeling bad for themselves.. I think that is actually important that we don't get down on ourselves and we simply quit just because we now have a certain amount of losses.

"I simply felt like I needed to talk my piece and guantee that guys are upbeat each single day."

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown was impressed by the leadership the 22-yr-outdated Carter-Williams confirmed.

"He by no means would have performed that two months ago," Brown said. "He would not have done it two weeks in the past. All these things, all these small wins we discover along the way, that's our road map this year. And life strikes on. The group will stay together and we'll finish this thing out together."

Harden had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in three quarters for his second profession triple-double as Houston picked up its fifth straight victory.

"We did an excellent job of coming out tonight and caring for enterprise," Harden said. "It doesn't matter what their document was, we knew they were going to come right here and play arduous."

The 76ers (15-fifty seven) stuck round early earlier than an enormous second-quarter run allowed the Rockets to drag away and roll to the win. Philadelphia moved inside a recreation of Milwaukee for the league's worst record.

Philadelphia matched the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA's worst skid and may set the document at residence against Detroit on Saturday.

"We transfer on," Brown said. "We are on a special path. We see this whole factor via a far totally different lens."

James Anderson led the Sixers with 30 points and made six three-pointers.

The Sixers have not won since Jan. 29 and are two games away from going winless in two straight months. There was very little visible emotion as the ultimate seconds ticked away and the players slowly made their approach off the court.

Dwight Howard added 17 points with 13 rebounds for Houston. Terrence Jones had 20 factors.

There have been a variety of lowlights because the 76ers took their spot in historical past. One got here when Howard blocked a shot by Thaddeus Young and he fell backward to the ground. By the point he received up, the Rockets were already on the other end of the courtroom working their offense.

Another was when the Sixers got a steal, however gave it back seconds later when Younger's pass intended for Anderson sailed excessive over his head and into the group.

Carter-Williams received in on the unhealthy play motion when, below heavy strain from Harden, he simply threw the ball into the Philadelphia bench in the second quarter.

However the game wasn't with out some nice performs by the Sixers, who've continued to play exhausting during this horrible stretch. A highlight got here when Casper Ware grabbed a steal and made a forty six-foot heave as time expired within the first quarter.

That shot was part of a 12-zero run which got the Sixers inside 35-33 early in the second quarter.

A pleasant reverse layup by Anderson tied it at forty three-all midway by the second quarter before Houston used a 20-6 run to take a 63-49 lead at halftime.

The Sixers missed nine shots, including three layups, and had 4 turnovers because the Rockets built the lead.

Houston was up by 17 late in the third quarter when the staff went on an 8-zero run to pad the lead to ninety six-seventy one.

Brown addressed the dreadful stretch before the sport and he is not enthusiastic about anyone's pity.

"I hope they be ok with themselves," he mentioned. "I do not want anyone feeling sorry for us or hanging our head.. we are going through something and we'll get by it collectively."

He additionally discussed their plan for rebuilding at length, saying he knew what he was stepping into when he took the job and insisted this skid hasn't been troublesome for him.

"I can tell you very, very sincerely that that is something that in a twisted manner is enjoyable in regards to watching the young guys get higher," he mentioned. "Obviously at instances it's arduous going by it.. (however) I feel like we're not off course."

None of that may erase the fact that this streak now has its place in historical past as one of the worst in the entire four major skilled sports activities.

In line with STATS LLC, the longest streaks in the other major sports activities are held by:

• Within the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26 losses in row, from Sept. 12, 1976-Dec. four 1977.

• In MLB, the Philadelphia Phillies, 23 losses in a row, from Jan. 29, 1961-Aug. 20, 1961.

• Within the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins, 18 losses in a row, from Jan. thirteen, 2004-Feb. 22, 2004.

Recreation notes

Former Rockets and Hall of Famers

Hakeem Olajuwon


Moses Malone

attended the game. Malone additionally performed for the 76ers… Houston point guard Pat Beverley sprained his proper knee within the first half and didn't return.

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Allen gets hot late, leads Heat over Rockets

Ray Allen Leads Heat Previous Rockets


MIAMI – Ray Allen was somewhat surprised to see how open he was. So was Dwyane Wade, who even took an additional dribble before believing his eyes and sending a 50-foot go to the very best three-level shooter in NBA history.

Moments later, the Miami Heat were back on monitor.

Allen scored 14 of his 25 factors within the fourth quarter on a milestone day for the veteran, Wade and LeBron James each added 24 points and the Warmth closed with a flourish to beat the Houston Rockets 113-104 on Sunday and snap their worst stretch of outcomes since 2011.

"When Ray will get into a rhythm, he's one of the best three-point shooter of all-time," mentioned Warmth forward Chris Bosh, who scored 18 factors to help Miami win for simply the second time in its last seven games.

Miami trailed 97-92 following a 3-pointer by James Harden midway by the fourth, then completed the sport on a 21-7 run.

Allen had 11 points throughout that late stretch, together with a 3-pointer that allowed him to pass Allen Iverson for 21st on the NBA's scoring listing. It was additionally the 750th common-season win that Allen was part of in his profession.

"I don't understand how I get open," mentioned Allen, who took about 1,000 shots on a apply day Saturday by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra's estimate. "When I am, I've to be ready to shoot it."

Harden finished with 30 points for Houston, which received 21 factors and 14 rebounds from Dwight Howard. Patrick Beverley added 15 points and Terrence Jones scored 12 for the Rockets, who've dropped three straight.

"We simply did not play effectively down the stretch," Rockets coach Kevin McHale stated.

And that each one began when no one appeared to wish to guard Allen. Houston led by five when Wade sparked the late run with a 50-foot help after a timeout that arrange a three-pointer from the left nook by Allen.

"A vital possession," Wade mentioned.

Allen additionally made three technical-foul free throws to help his late rhythm. One came after a defensive three-second violation, one other following Houston's second delay-of-sport whistle on the afternoon, and the third when Beverley was hit with a technical in the last minute.

James hit a pair of free throws with forty six seconds left for his first factors of the final quarter, and that sealed it for Miami, which moved back inside three games of Indiana for the No. 1 spot within the Jap Conference.

Allen now has 24,370 points, two more than Iverson. Afterward, he was all in regards to the win.

"Tonight we got here out and finished the sport," Allen stated, "versus letting it slip away from us."

The primary surprise of the day happened 20 minutes before tip-off, when the Heat announced Greg Oden – who appeared in his one hundredth profession game, practically seven years after being the No. 1 overall decide within the 2007 draft – can be starting at middle. It was the second begin of the season for Oden, who additionally opened a recreation against Chicago last month partially because James was unavailable while dealing with a damaged nostril.

Oden had three rebounds within the recreation's first three minutes, and the Warmth by no means trailed within the first half, going into the break with a 57-54 lead. Harden and Howard combined for 15 within the third, and Houston led 81-79 entering the final 12 minutes.

"It was a few psychological errors for us down the stretch and they had a couple of calls go their way," Harden stated. "It's powerful.

Clearly, it was a win Miami wanted. Wade's fiancee, Gabrielle Union, was on her ft to yell and cheer halfway by means of the fourth, and James' spouse, Savannah, was close by doing the identical factor, virtually as if it was a playoff sport.

Like all other Warmth fans, they finally left a game comfortable.

"They see the way we have been appearing at dwelling in between games," James stated of his wife and Wade's fiancee. "We came in with a mindset that we wanted to get this win. It was good to see us have to intestine one out."

Game notes

Allen appeared in his 1,287th game, breaking a tie with

Sam Perkins

for fifteenth on the career record. He could pass Mark Jackson (1,296) and Elvin Hayes (1,303) later this season… Houston's

Chandler Parsons

became the 15th player to log not less than 5,000 minutes over the last two seasons…

Jeremy Lin

has been on groups which have played at Miami eight times; they're zero-8 in those games, although he is appeared in only three of those contests.

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