Friday, July 31, 2015

Sixers' Home Starts to Aim For

Best Sixers home starts ever.

Sixers' Home Starts to Aim For

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Confetti falls after the Sixers win Monday ( David Maialetti  / Staff Photographer )
Confetti falls after the Sixers win Monday ( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer ) David Maialetti

Wednesday, the 76ers will be aiming for the 10th 7-0 start at home in franchise history when they host the Denver Nuggets. With wins then and Friday (Atlanta Hawks), the club will have recorded just the fifth 8-0 home start in its history, just the third since moving to Philadelphia from Syracuse.

Here are the best home starts for the Sixers/Nationals(*):

Home   First Home Loss Final Final
Season Start Date Opponent Score Home Overall
1966-67 22-0 Jan. 24   Boston Celtics 106-118 28-  2 68-13
1952-53*   20-0 Jan. 25 New York Knicks   62-  97 32-  2 47-24
1949-50* 18-0 Jan. 22 Anderson Packers   75-  77 (ot) 31-  1 51-13
2002-03 10-0 Dec. 11 Seattle SuperSonics   88-  92 25-16    48-34
1951-52*   7-0 Dec. 2 Rochester Royals   79-  81 26-  7 40-26
1955-56*   7-0 Dec. 15 Minneapolis Lakers 133-135 (3 ot)   23-  8 35-37
1962-63*   7-0 Dec. 22 San Francisco Warriors 118-123 23-  5 48-32
1967-68   7-0 Nov. 18 Boston Celtics 111-116 27-  8 62-20
2000-01   7-0 Dec. 11 Minnesota Timberwolves     91-  96 (ot) 29-12 56-26
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