The Philadelphia 76ers are perhaps hours away from completing NBA history. When the Sixers face the Detroit Pistons on March 29, it will be remarkable for one reason only. This game between two go-nowhere lottery teams will still be historic, either for Philadelphia securing the longest NBA losing streak of all time, or for losing out on that dishonor as well.
The Sixers have been losers for so long, it would almost make sense to win now -- and thereby lose their chance at true infamy. The Pistons aren't exactly the strongest opponent they have faced lately, so there is a small window of opportunity for Detroit to spoil this. Given that the Pistons lost by 110-78 to the Miami Heat at home on March 28, they aren't exactly on a roll either.
This is still a Sixers team that gave up 130 points to the Milwaukee Bucks -- who only just tied Philadelphia for the worst record in the NBA. This is still a Sixers team that suffered two losses by more than 40 points on consecutive nights during the early days of the streak. In addition, this is a Philadelphia club that last won on Jan. 29, on a buzzer-beating shot from a player that was traded a month later.
Since new Indiana Pacer Evan Turner hit the winning shot in Boston exactly two months ago, the Sixers have gone on a long march towards the record books. When coach Brett Brown said on March 1 that he wondered if Philadelphia would win another game this season "all the time" it still sounded like a joke. Now the prospect of ending the year on a 36-game losing streak isn't so laughable.
If not for Turner's shot, the Sixers would actually be on a 30-game losing slide right now. As it stands, that could still happen soon enough. Nevertheless, their 26-game skid has had a lot of memorable and infamous memories.
The accompanying list details the 10 worst and most historic defeats for Philadelphia in these last two months -- with the chance for 10 more to come in the next month.