The Philadelphia 76ers find a variety of ways to lose these days. The Sixers couldn’t even find a way to win over an Orlando Magic team that had lost 10 road games in a row before Feb. 26. But on March 10, the Sixers had a chance to snap their own road losing streak at the Magic’s expense, and couldn’t even deliver that small measure of payback.
The Sixers’ 99-91 loss in Orlando was their 13’th straight defeat away from Philadelphia. Even the Magic never had a skid that bad, as they now have eight road wins this year compared to the Sixers’ six.
At 6-23 on the road, compared to 17-16 in Philadelphia, it isn’t hard to see where things have gone wrong for the Sixers. Only the Washington Wizards have fewer road victories this season with five, while the Charlotte Bobcats and Sacramento Kings only have six as well.
To make matter worse, the Magic snapped another long losing streak at the Sixers’ expense, as they snapped their seven-game home losing skid on March 10. Although Orlando is only 18-46, it has still won its last two games over now lowly Philadelphia.
No matter how and where, the Sixers have become the Magic’s good luck charm -- one of the few they have had all season. Still, the luck has already run out since Philadelphia and Orlando won’t face off again this year.
This means the Magic will have to get their road and home wins from other teams, which has been a tall proposition. However, it is becoming much taller for the Sixers with their current 1-9 slide. Even after coach Doug Collins tore Philadelphia apart following its first loss to Orlando on Feb. 26, it has only won once since then.
The Magic can snap many a losing streak against the Sixers, but Philadelphia can’t do the same right back. Yet it isn’t like Orlando has a magic hold over Philadelphia, since it can’t snap it’s losing skids against anyone, especially outside of the Wells Fargo Center.