Sixers losing streak hits 24 as Noah sparks Bulls

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Mar 23 2014 11:26 AM | Updated as of Mar 23 2014 07:26 PM

CHICAGO - The Philadelphia 76ers established the second-longest losing streak in NBA history on Saturday, losing 91-81 at Chicago to drop their 24th game in a row.

Joakim Noah scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds to spark the Bulls, who also had 17 points from Jimmy Butler and 16 each from Taj Gibson and D.J. Augustin.

The 76ers, whose 15-55 record in the second-worst in the NBA this season, are two defeats shy of matching the all-time record NBA losing streak of 26 games set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2010-11 season.

Philadelphia will visit NBA overall season leader San Antonio on Monday and Houston on Thursday and could set an all-time NBA futility streak record next Saturday at home against Detroit.

The 76ers surpassed the NBA's prior second-longest losing streak of 23 games by the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies, 1997-98 Denver Nuggets and 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bulls, 39-31 after winning four of their past six games, rank fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Thaddeus Young scored a game-high 28 points for the 76ers while Henry Sims contributed 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Philadelphia, which last won 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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