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.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017