INDIANAPOLIS – After Philadelphia’s latest loss gave the 76ers their longest skid in franchise history, coach Brett Brown insisted he doesn’t dwell on the streak.
Lance Stephenson scored 25 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied from an early deficit to beat Philadelphia 99-90 on Monday night, handing the 76ers their 21st straight loss.
“It’s hard because of a competitive thing, but in relation to worrying about a record, we don’t live in that world,” Brown said. “I don’t bring that to that locker room once. I don’t mention it to them, I don’t think about it often — (but) you can’t help but be aware of it.”
Philadelphia surpassed its previous mark of 20 straight losses during the 1972-73 season, when it finished 9-73. The Sixers tied the Detroit Pistons for the sixth-longest losing streak in league history.
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The Pistons lost 21 straight bridging the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons.
The Cleveland Cavaliers set the NBA record for consecutive losses with 26, in the 2010-11 season.
“We move on. We’re on a different path right now,” Brown said. “We started this season with a plan, we took it to a whole other level to reconfirm our plan on trade-deadline night.”
Paul George scored 24 points for the Pacers, who fell behind 15-6 before taking the lead and pulling away.
Thaddeus Young had 23 points to lead the Sixers, who haven’t won since Jan. 29 at Boston.
Evan Turner, now with the Pacers, made the winning shot in that 95-94 victory by Philadelphia.
Turner, who was traded to Indiana with Lavoy Allen on Feb. 20 for Danny Granger and a draft pick, had four points and seven rebounds against his former team Monday.
Hollis Thompson and Tony Wroten Jr., a former Washington Huskies player, each scored 17 for Philadelphia.
Clippers’ winning streak ends at 11
DENVER – JJ Hickson scored 21 points and Ty Lawson added 19 to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 110-100 victory that ended the Los Angeles Clippers’ winning streak at 11 games.
Chris Paul had game-high totals of 29 points and seven assists for the Clippers, who are in third place in the Western Conference.
Blake Griffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles, but he was a chilly 7 for 25 from the field.
Denver’s Kenneth Faried had 18 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
Thunder bounces back
CHICAGO – The individual accomplishments are all well and good to Kevin Durant.
This means more.
The Thunder shook off its worst loss, then stood its ground when the Chicago Bulls came charging.
Durant finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and Oklahoma City beat Chicago 97-85.
Russell Westbrook of the Thunder added 17 points after sitting out the previous day to rest his surgically repaired knee, and Oklahoma City rebounded from a 23-point home loss to Dallas on Sunday.
The Thunder went on a 13-point run after the Bulls scored eight straight early in the fourth to cut the lead to one and pulled this one out.
Ex-Sonic Durant ran his streak of games with 25 or more points to 32, the longest in the league since Michael Jordan did it in 40 in a row for the Bulls during the 1986-87 season.
Injury sidelines Irving
CLEVELAND – Kyrie Irving has been knocked out by an injury again, and it’s really painful for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving will miss at least two weeks with a strained tendon in his left biceps, a major blow to Cleveland’s chances of making the playoffs. There is a month left in the regular season.
Irving got hurt during the first half of Sunday night’s 102-80 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The All-Star point guard did not return after missing all five shots and leaving the game for medical evaluation and treatment.
Irving, 21, will be shut down for two weeks and re-evaluated.