Welcome to the Daily NBA Fix for Sunday, March 30, the morning after someone else got the dreaded mantle of holding the NBA’s longest losing streak for the first time in what feels like forever.
For the record, that someone else is the Atlanta Hawks, who lost at Washington Saturday night and have the NBA’s new longest losing streak at six games.
That’s because the Philadelphia 76ers did something they didn’t do at all in February and hadn’t done in March before Saturday—win a game.
The 76ers pummeled the Detroit Pistons 123-98 to snap their NBA record-tying 26-game losing streak. Instead of going into the record books solo, the 2013-14 Sixers will take their place alongside the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers as the most consistent losers the NBA has ever known.
The streak also matched that of the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the longest in North American professional sports.
“We were just happy to get a win,” Thaddeus Young told the Associated Press. “I don’t think it was for the streak or anything like that, we just wanted to go out there and win a basketball game and continue to just play.”
The win also ended Philadelphia’s 18-game home losing streak, one off the NBA record of 19 straight losses at home set by the Dallas Mavericks in 1993-94.
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).