Welcome to the Daily NBA Fix for Saturday, March 15, the morning after three current NBA streaks—two good, one … not so much—got longer.
On the up side of things, the Los Angeles Clippers came from behind to drop the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City 96-87 to extend their winning streak to 10 games, the longest current streak in the league.
In San Antonio, the Spurs embarrassed the Lakers for their ninth straight win. The means that by going 10-0 in its last 10 games, the Clippers have picked up a whopping one game in the standings on San Antonio. Tough room.
The Philadelphia 76ers, meanwhile, played tough but lost to the Indiana Pacers 101-94 on their home court, extending the longest losing streak in the NBA this season to 19 games. That’s one shy of their franchise record of 20, set by the 1972-73 edition of the 76ers, the team that set an NBA record for futility by finishing 9-73.
Moreever, the 76ers have already tied an NBA mark for epic suckitude, as they have lost all 19 of those games in succession by five points or more. That matches a mark set by the Dallas Mavericks in 1993.
The Clippers are in position, with a win Sunday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, to match the longest winning streak of the season in the NBA—the Spurs won 11 straight from Nov. 5-25 and the Trail Blazers matched that with 11 wins in a row from Nov. 8-25.
The Sixers long ago surpassed the previous longest losing streak of the season. The second-longest skid of the season is 11 games in a row by the Bucks from Nov. 9-29.
The Daily NBA Fix will deliver highlights, game capsules, the top and bottom five players, the dreaded Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman awards, we’ll recap who’s circling the drain, there will be some interesting pieces of relevant (and not-so-relevant) information and we’ll look at today’s daily lines for those people who like to wager a buck or two.
Check out the highlights below from the night that was, then get into the game capsules (home teams in CAPS).