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Magic rally to clinch winless February for 76ers

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The Philadelphia 76ers had one last chance on Feb. 26 to avoid an infamous mark. Of course, the Sixers have assured themselves of infamy all season with all their embarrassing losses. While the Sixers weren't embarrassed in a 101-90 loss to the Orlando Magic, except in the fourth quarter, the result of clinching an 0-11 month of February was more than humiliating enough.

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The Sixers had one of their better chances to win in February, even if it was against the third-worst team in the NBA in the Magic. Of course, since Philadelphia was destroyed by the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks two nights earlier, the opponent didn't really matter.

Still, the Sixers didn't make the woeful Magic look nearly as good as they made the woeful Bucks look. In fact, Philadelphia was actually tied with Orlando going into the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, this set the Sixers up for one of their trademark woeful quarters, only this time it was with the game still on the line.

The Magic didn't run up more than 40 points in 12 minutes, as the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors and the Bucks did to the Sixers. All they needed was 34 points in the last stanza to win, while Philadelphia could only muster 23.

Naturally, Orlando's leading scorer was Nikola Vucevic with 21 points, as he continued to make Philadelphia pay for giving him away in the infamous Andrew Bynum trade last summer. That deal was the first step that decimated the Sixers' franchise, and this winless February is the latest consequence to come from it.

March will have to have at least one win or two, or else the Sixers will set themselves up to make some real NBA infamy. Yet losing 11 straight games in February, and 12 straight overall, still doesn't give Philadelphia the NBA's worst record or any better shot at the top draft pick. Losing all 16 games in March might do it, but even the Sixers may not want to go that far.

The accompanying slideshow lists just how the Sixers fell flat every single time for an entire month. Some results were more horrifically awful than others, yet every defeat counted the same and combined to make this 0-for-February happen.

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