Sixers halt losing streak one game shy of record.
There were six games on the NBA schedule on Saturday night, with the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat picking up wins while the Philadelphia 76ers avoided a record-setting 27th straight loss.
The Sixers snapped a record-tying 26-game losing streak with an easy win over the Detroit Pistons, with guard Michael Carter-Williams insisting that it wasn’t something the team wanted to go down in history for.
While the 76ers are effectively ‘tanking’ this season in order to continue their rebuilding process, they were keen to end their losing streak and give their supporters something to cheer about with Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young scoring 21 points apiece.
While Philadelphia traded three of their top players ahead of the trade deadline in February, they replaced them with young talent and along with their upcoming draft picks they will hope to have a brighter future moving forward.
Elsewhere, there was a significant win for the Los Angeles Clippers on the road to the Houston Rockets, with Chris Paul scoring 30 points and adding 12 assists.
Blake Griffin went down with back spasms in the first quarter while Glen Davis had a tantrum on the bench which saw him sent to the locker room as the Clippers trailed by 13.
However, their influential point guard stood up to the pressure and delivered while Jamal Crawford added 22 to help move the team to 55-22 and secure their playoff spot while Houston slip to 49-23 and two games adrift of the third seed.
Over in the Eastern Conference, things continue to go from bad to worse for the Atlanta Hawks who have now lost six straight games to leave them just a game-and-a-half above the New York Knicks for the eighth and final playoff spot.
There were no such problems for the Dallas Mavericks though, as their win over the Sacramento Kings moves them tied with the Memphis Grizzlies, although they sit just outside the playoff places due to the divisional standings.
The Miami Heat are now one-and-a-half games adrift of the Indiana Pacers at the top after their dominant win over the Milwaukee Bucks, while the San Antonio Spurs made it 17 consecutive wins with victory against the New Orleans Pelicans to open up a three-and-a-half game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Detroit Pistons 98-123 Philadelphia 76ers
Los Angeles Clippers 118-107 Houston Rockets
Atlanta Hawks 97-101 Washington Wizards
Sacramento Kings 100-103 Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat 88-67 Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans 80-96 San Antonio Spurs