Sixers nearing worst start in NBA history
PHILADELPHIA — After setting a franchise record for losses to start the season, the 76ers continued to focus on long-term goals.
Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Dallas Mavericks beat Philadelphia 110-103 on Saturday night, sending the 76ers to a 16th straight loss to start the season.
Michael Carter-Williams had a triple-double with 18 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who eclipsed the 1972-73 club that began 0-15 on the way to setting an 82-game NBA record for fewest victories at 9-73. Philadelphia became the fifth team in league history to open with at least 16 straight losses, joining the 1994-95 Clippers (0-16), 1998-99 Clippers (0-17), 1988-89 Heat (0-17) and the 2009-10 Nets (0-18).
“I’m fine and I don’t want those guys worrying about any record,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “We just have to keep our group together and move them along. I have so much respect for that group because their spirit has not been broken.”
Philadelphia, with a roster of draft picks and young, undrafted players, is sacrificing victories to build for the future. Of the 12 players Brown played versus Dallas, only Luc Mbah a Moute has more than two years of NBA experience.
“We’re heartbroken we haven’t won,” Brown said. “But down deep I feel like I know something that’s going on that I like. I think they will be rewarded for the work they’re putting in. I hope it’s sooner than later to validate their efforts.”
The 76ers will try again for its first win on Monday when they host the defending champion Spurs. If they lose to San Antonio, Philadelphia could equal the NBA record for losses to begin a season on Wednesday at Minnesota and could potentially set an NBA record on Friday at home versus Oklahoma City.
Monta Ellis added 18 points for Dallas (13-5), which played without struggling star Dirk Nowitzki to win its third straight. Coach Rick Carlisle gave Nowitzki the night off to rest. He was 4 for 27 from 3-point range in his last four games.
“It’s a team you feel like you’re not supposed to lose to, no offense to them,” Chandler said.
K.J. McDaniels had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia, which trailed by just four points entering the fourth quarter. The Mavericks then scored the first six points of the final period to take a comfortable lead.
WIZARDS 83, PELICANS 80: At Washington, Marcin Gortat had a season high 24 points and 13 rebounds and Bradley Beal scored 12 points to lead the Washington Wizards.
Tyreke Evans missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied the score with 1.7 seconds to play.
Anthony Davis had 30 points and 13 rebounds but the NBA blocked shot leader had none for the first time in 15 games this season.
HAWKS 105, HORNETS 75: At Atlanta, Paul Millsap scored 18 points, Mike Scott added 14 and Atlanta handed Charlotte a ninth straight loss.
Dennis Schroder and Kyle Korver each finished with 12 points for Atlanta (9-6).
The Hornets (4-14) trailed by 20 early in the second quarter, by 32 late in the second and were down by 44 early in the third.
CAVALIERS 109, PACERS 97: At Cleveland, Kevin Love scored a season-high 28 points and Kyrie Irving added 24 to lead Cleveland.
LeBron James added 19 points as Cleveland won its third straight game after losing four in a row and moved its record to 8-7. The Cavaliers have won the three games by an average of 23.3 points.
Love, who came into the game averaging 16.5 points, scored 16 in the first quarter. He made his first five shots, including two 3-pointers. Love, who also had 10 rebounds, was 9 for 13 from the field.
CLIPPERS 112, JAZZ 96: At Salt Lake City, Blake Griffin scored 28 points and Chris Paul added 17 points and 10 assists to help Los Angeles beat Utah and post their fourth straight win.
Jamal Crawford tallied 22 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds as the Clippers (11-5) closed a seven-game trip that covered over 7,200 miles with a 6-1 record.
Gordon Hayward scored 30 points and Derrick Favors had 19 for the Jazz (5-12), who have lost a season-high five games in a row.
ROCKETS 117, BUCKS 103: At Milwaukee, James Harden scored 19 of his game-high 34 points in the decisive third quarter and Houston beat Milwaukee Bucks.
Rookie Jabari Parker scored 19 points and Ersan Ilyasova added 18 for Milwaukee, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.