Daily NBA Fix 3-16-14: There’s Futility … And Then There’s The 76ers

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Welcome to the Daily NBA Fix for Sunday, March 16, the morning after the Philadelphia 76ers set a special mark for futility.

The 76ers got pummeled at home by the Memphis Grizzlies 103-77, their 20th consecutive loss by at least five points. That sets a new NBA record previously owned by the Dallas Mavericks in 1993.

Philadelphia is still six losses away from the all-time NBA record for most consecutive losses, the 26 in a row taken on the chin by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11.

The 76ers have been outscored by 18.6 points per game during their 20-game skid, including losing 12 home games by an average of 16.6 points a night.

During the streak, some of the more memorable beatings include:

  • The first game of the streak 125-99 to the Hawks on Jan. 31..
  • A 123-78 beat down at the hands of the Clippers in Los Angeles on Feb.9
  • A 123-80 pummeling at Golden State the very next night (Feb. 10).
  • A 105-100 loss at Utah on Feb. 12—the “close” game during the streak.
  • A 125-92 loss at Oklahoma City on March 4.
  • A 103-77 pounding by the Grizzlies on Saturday night.

Philadelphia is shooting 41 percent during the streak, 28.1 percent from 3-point range. But at least they’re averaging 18.2 turnovers per game … so there’s that.

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).


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