76ers equal losing streak record in Celtics defeat
THE Philadelphia 76ers equalled the record for the worst losing streak in National Basketball Association history on Wednesday, suffering a last-gasp defeat by the Boston Celtics to chalk up their 26th consecutive loss.
The 76ers led heading into the final minutes, but were overhauled by a late rally from the Celtics, who scraped home 84-80 as Philadelphia's miserable campaign continued.
Jae Crowder sank a three pointer with 38.5sec left on the clock as Boston produced an 18-3 points rally to win having trailed by 11 points midway through the third quarter.
Philadelphia had led 80-75 with 2min 51sec left in the game, only to watch as Boston reeled off the final nine points of the match to snatch victory.
The 76ers were left ruing an inability to preserve possession when it counted, finishing with 19 turnovers.
"There's no excuse for that," said former Celtics guard Phil Pressey.
The 76ers are now 0-16 for the season, and, combined with 10 straight losses last year, now have a share of the record for the worst string of defeats in history.
The 2013-14 76ers were the last side to lose 26 straight games, a feat emulated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11.
Two more defeats against Houston today (tomorrow Singapore time) and Memphis on Sunday (Monday Singapore time) will take them to 0-18, equalling the worst start to an NBA season, set by the New Jersey Nets in 2009-10.
The 76ers' last victory in a regular season game came against the Denver Nuggets in March.
Isaiah Thomas was the star for the Celtics on Wednesday, pouring on 30 points and six assists in a virtuoso display as Boston improved to 8-7.
The only bright spark for the 76ers was the continued good form of centre Jahlil Okafor, his team's top scorer with 19 points.