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  • Sixers lose 24th straight

  • CHICAGO — Henry Sims can see the growth and he's not referring to the stack of losses.
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  • CHICAGO — Henry Sims can see the growth and he's not referring to the stack of losses.
    The Philadelphia 76ers' skid continued and so did their march toward the wrong kind of record.
    They have dropped 24 straight after losing 91-81 to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. But Sims can at least see some positives.
    "We're learning to play better with each other," he said. "We're learning to make better decisions down the stretch. We're growing right now, and that's the main focus right now. The games we have left, we want to keep growing."
    They wouldn't mind stopping the losing streak, either, but the Bulls weren't about to let that happen.
    Joakim Noah finished with 20 points, Jimmy Butler scored 17, and Chicago handed the 76ers yet another loss to put them within two of the NBA record.
    The Sixers moved ahead of the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Denver Nuggets (1997-98) and Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12) for the second-longest, single-season losing streak.
    The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped 26 during the 2010-11 season, and Philadelphia would have to pull off an upset to avoid tying that.
    The next two games are at San Antonio and Houston. Drop them, and the Sixers could set the record at home against Detroit on March 29, particularly if they continue to shoot like this from the outside.
    They missed their first 18 3-pointers and were threatening a league record before Byron Mullens made one early in the fourth. They wound up going 1 for 20. The mark for most 3-point attempts in a game without a conversion is 15.
    "We were 1 for 20 — what do you say?" coach Brett Brown asked. "It's going to be hard. I thought our defense was really quite good. It's always going to be hard if you can't make perimeter shots. This group has struggled doing that, and so, finding wins and finding ways to stay in games is always going to be a challenge."
    Despite that, they hung in until Taj Gibson buried a jumper and D.J. Augustin nailed a 3 with 2:30 remaining. That made it 91-79 and sealed the win for the Bulls, who moved into a tie for third in the Eastern Conference with Toronto.
    Noah and Butler each had eight rebounds, with Butler dishing out six assists. Gibson came on strong in the fourth quarter to finish with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
    Augustin added 16 points and six assists, and the Bulls came away with the win after losing at Indiana the previous night.
    "It's tough," he said. "(The 76ers) come out and they have nothing to lose. Basically, they just come out shooting whenever they feel and some of those shots go in. It's hard for anybody to play against a team that's losing, but they're still a good team at the same time."
    Thaddeus Young scored 28 for Philadelphia despite missing seven 3-pointers. Sims added 18 points and 15 rebounds, but the Sixers remained winless since Jan. 29.
    Pelicans 105, Heat 95
    At New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 30 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, and New Orleans handed struggling Miami its seventh loss in 11 games.
    LeBron James twisted his right ankle while stepping on Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans' foot during a drive to the hoop late in the third quarter, but remained in the game and finished with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. It was not enough for Miami, which gave guard Dwyane Wade and center Greg Oden the night off following Friday's victory at Memphis.
    Grizzlies 82, Pacers 71
    At Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley scored 21 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Memphis held Indiana to its lowest point total of the season.
    Mike Miller added 13 points as Memphis won for the seventh time in nine games and maintained its hold on the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Marc Gasol, returning after spraining his ankle Friday night, had 10 points and nine rebounds.
    Rockets 118, Cavaliers 111
    At Cleveland, James Harden scored 37 points, including 17 in the third quarter, and Houston led from wire-to-wire in a victory over Cleveland.
    Harden was 9 of 15 from the field, hit five 3-pointers, made all 14 of his free throws and had 11 assists without playing the fourth quarter after Houston built a 29-point lead late in the third.
    Rockets center Dwight Howard missed his third straight game with a sore left ankle, but Houston is undefeated in the eight-time All-Star's absence.
    Clippers 112, Pistons 103
    At Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 28 points and 15 assists, Blake Griffin added 25 points, and Los Angeles beat Detroit to extend the Pistons' losing streak to five games.
    The Clippers, coming off a 110-100 loss at Denver that ended their 11-game overall winning streak, shot 54 percent from the field and improved to 24-1 when finishing at 50 percent or better.
    DeAndre Jordan had 12 rebounds for the Pacific Division leaders, who have had at least one player with double-digit rebounds in a franchise-record 46 consecutive games. The previous mark was 44, by the 1977 Buffalo Braves.
    Spurs 99, Warriors 90
    At Oakland, Calif., Tony Parker had 20 points and five assists, Danny Green scored 18 points and short-handed San Antonio outlasted Golden State for its 13th straight victory.
    The Spurs did it even while resting stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. They are 3-0 against Golden State this season, including two wins in Oakland without their regulars, after eliminating the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs last year.
    Jazz 89, Magic 88
    At Salt Lake City, Trey Burke scored 17 points, including a high-arcing 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining, to push Utah past Orlando.
    With the Jazz trailing 88-86, Gordon Hayward dribbled through the center of the Magic defense and found Burke in the corner. The big shot snapped Utah's six-game losing streak and extended Orlando's skid to eight games.
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