Sixers suffer 23rd loss in a row as record looms

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Mar 22 2014 03:53 PM | Updated as of Mar 22 2014 11:54 PM

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia 76ers matched the second-longest losing streak in NBA history on Friday, dropping their 23rd consecutive contest with a 93-92 home loss to the New York Knicks.

The 76ers, whose 15-54 record is still two games ahead of NBA doormat Milwaukee, rallied against New York's reserves in the final minutes after trailing by 15 points with four minutes to play but came up just short once more.

The Sixers are three games shy of matching the NBA record losing streak of 26 games established by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2010-11 season.

Philadelphia will open a three-game road trip Saturday at Chicago, also visiting NBA overall season leader San Antonio on Monday and Houston on Thursday.

If they cannot pull off a road upset, the 76ers will return home March 29 to face Detroit trying to avoid the NBA's all-time futility mark.

They have lost their past 18 in a row at home.

The 76ers' 23 losses in a row overall matches the second-longest NBA futility streak, established by the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies and matched by the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets and the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats.

The Knicks win their eighth game in a row, led by Amare Stoudemire's 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Carmelo Anthony added 21 points for New York, who at 29-40 are only three games behind Atlanta for the last Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the 76ers but could not deliver a win.

Anthony went 1-of-2 from the foul line with 7.3 seconds left for the deciding point. Then Carter-Williams ran up the floor but missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game.

Thaddeus Young netted a rebound basket at the buzzer but it only made the final margin of defeat smaller.

"We're getting closer and closer," Young said. "We have close, hard-fought games. Hopefully it will come soon."

The 76ers, who attempted a club-record 41 3-pointers and made only 10, went on a 16-1 run that offered hope for their first victory since winning at Boston on January 29 -- four days before the NFL Super Bowl and nine days before the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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