Marreese Speights scored a career-high 32 points to hand his former team a near-record setback by leading the Golden State Warriors past the woeful Philadelphia 76ers 123-80 on Monday night.
Philadelphia, who lost 123-78 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday in a game where they trailed by 56 points in the third quarter, nearly matched the largest total margin of defeat in consecutive games in the NBA.
That record was set by Detroit Pistons, who lost by 95 points combined in back-to-back games in November 1966, according to STATS.
Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points for a rebuilding 76ers side that never put up much of a fight. The two-game skid is the worst in nearly 20 years for the 76ers, who lost back-to-back games in April 1994 by a total 93 points.
No other team in NBA history has lost two straight games by at least 40 points each, but Philadelphia have now done it twice.
Speights finished 12-of-15 and grabbed eight rebounds, as Stephen Curry added 23 points and eight assists to help the Warriors lead by 49 in the fourth-quarter.
PISTONS 109, SPURS 100
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Brandon Jennings scored 21 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the San Antonio Spurs in John Loyer’s first game as interim coach.
Detroit fired Maurice Cheeks on Sunday after only 50 games in charge and although they have been unimpressive for most of the season, the Pistons have improved. The comfortable win over the Spurs was their fifth in seven.
Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points for the Pistons, while Greg Monroe added 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Marco Belinelli led the Spurs with 20 points.
ROCKETS 107, TIMBERWOLVES 89
In Minneapolis, Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds, as the surging Houston Rockets used a fourth-quarter push to hold the Minnesota Timberwolves for their sixth consecutive victory.
Chandler Parsons had 20 points and James Harden 19 for the Rockets, who won six straight for the first time since taking seven in a row in January 2012.
Back after missing one game with a bruised left quadriceps, Kevin Love led Minnesota with 31 points and 10 rebounds.
Chase Budinger had 15 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost four straight and six of seven.
PACERS 119, NUGGETS 80
In Indianapolis, David West scored 25 points and Roy Hibbert added 14 as the Pacers routed the short-handed Nuggets.
Indiana snapped a five-game skid in the series, beating the Nuggets for the first time since a 31-point blowout in November 2010. The Pacers (40-11) still have the NBA’s best record, the league’s best home record (25-2) and now lead two-time defending champion Miami by four games in the Eastern Conference.
Wilson Chandler scored 17 points to lead the Nuggets (24-26), who have lost three straight.
They played without several injured players, including Andre Miller, Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, Nate Robinson and Ty Lawson.
In other play on Monday it was:
‧ Raptors 108, Pelicans 101
‧ Celtics 102, Bucks 86