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76ers tie franchise record, get closer to NBA record with 20'th straight loss

Randolph, Grizzlies stretch 76ers' losing streak to 20
Randolph, Grizzlies stretch 76ers' losing streak to 20
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The Philadelphia 76ers keep moving up the record books with every loss. However, the Sixers truly hit rarified air on March 15, as they did something that no Sixers team has done in 40 years. It wasn't such an unusual thing for the Sixers to lose by 103-77 to the Memphis Grizzlies -- but tying a franchise record with a 20'th straight defeat made this particular blowout stand out.

The Grizzlies are fighting for a playoff spot in the grueling Western Conference, so being the first team in weeks to lose to the Sixers would have been more than humiliating. It took Memphis a while to open things up, although it held Philadelphia to just 36 first half points. But after a 15-6 run to start the second half, the Grizzlies stretched out their lead from there.

As per usual, the Sixers wasted the best efforts of Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young, who scored a respective 23 and 20 points. Yet Philadelphia's other players combined to score 34 points themselves, which evened out to the lowest scoring performance of the season from this team -- and that really says something.

It also says something that this was far from the worst loss of this losing streak, although every loss qualifies as the worst one yet now. With each defeat, the Sixers move up the ranks of the worst droughts in NBA history, as they are just six losses away from tying the longest losing streak the league has ever seen.

Philadelphia has only seen a streak like this once, in the infamous 9-73 1972-73 season. Being worse than the most pathetic team in NBA history is quite a feat, yet these Sixers will accomplish it if they do what their predecessors didn't, by losing 21 games in a row.

Given that they next visit the Indiana Pacers on March 17 -- a team that leads the Eastern Conference and gave the Sixers their 19'th straight loss on March 14 -- the odds don't look good. It also doesn't bode well that in Philadelphia's next six games, five of them are against winning teams and one is against a New York Knicks club on a rare winning streak.

The Sixers' next best chance for victory may be when they play the Detroit Pistons on March 29 -- which would be the night they can lose their 27'th straight game.