In a city painfully familiar with sports futility, the Philadelphia 76ers have added another sorry chapter, this one for the record book.
Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph had 14 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-77 win on Saturday night, sending the 76ers to a franchise-equaling 20th straight loss.
The Sixers, who scored a season low in points, can set the team mark with a loss tonight at Indiana.
Philadelphia also lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9, 1973, to Feb. 11, 1973, and finished that season with nine wins and 73 defeats.
The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-2011.
“We have to come out swinging,” coach Brett Brown said. “We’ve got to compete.”
Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 23 points and Thaddeus Young had 20.
The Sixers last won on Jan. 29 on former guard Evan Turner’s buzzer-beater at Boston. They have lost a team-record 16 straight home games, last winning at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 15.
Indiana rallied from a 25-point deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-104 in overtime, with Paul George scoring 30 points.
In Chicago, Joakim Noah had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Taj Gibson scored seven of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as Chicago held off Sacramento 94-87.
In other games, the Wizards had a 101-94 win over the Nets, the Knicks beat the Bucks 115-94 and the Hawks defeated the Nuggets 97-92.