When the Warriors' Stephen Curry went off for 54 points against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, it made us realize that it has been a while since a player hung half-a-hundred on your 76ers. Turns out, it's been a very long while.
After holding Joakim Noah to 23 points in Thursday night's loss to the Bulls, the Sixers have now gone 1,969 regular season games since they allowed an opposing player to reach 50 points in a game. Only the Spurs (2,344 games) have a longer current streak.
Michael Jordan was the last player to reach that plateau against Philly, tossing in 52 points in the Bulls' 123-110 win at the Spectrum on Nov. 16, 1988, the second of back-to-back contests between the teams. (MJ had gone for only 33 the night before, when the teams met in Chicago.)
Vince Carter did pile up 50 points in a 2001 playoff game against the Sixers, but we are dealing with just regular season games as far as the list below list is concerned.
Including regular season and playoffs, the Sixers have been touched for 50 or more points 32 times, most of them by one Wilton Norman Chamberlain. He did it against them ... wait for it ... 13 times, which just so happens to match his uniform number. He had 11 50-point games as a Sixer, all in the regular season. His top postseason output with Philly was 46, against the Celtics in 1966.
In January, 1984 San Antonio allowed three different players (Purvis Short, Kiki Vandeweghe, Bernard King) to go for 50 against them over a span of 11 games. Since then, San Antonio has not allowed any player to get there. Dominique Wilkins (1988) and Clyde Drexler (1991) share the high game of 48 points since.
Here are the NBA teams that have gone the longest without allowing a 50-point scorer:
|LONGEST CURRENT STREAKS W/O ALLOWING A 50-POINT PERFORMANCE|
|2344||Spurs||Jan. 31, 1984||Bernard King||Knicks||50|
|1969||Sixers||Nov. 16, 1988||Michael Jordan||Bulls||52|
|1366||Celtics||Jan. 18, 1996||Hakeem Olajuwon||Rockets||51|
|1167||Nets||April 2, 1998||Shaquille O'Neal||Lakers||50|
|992||Pacers||Jan. 5, 2001||Chris Webber||Kings||51|
|935||Pistons||Nov. 23, 2001||Shareef Abdur-Rahim||Hawks||50|
|715||Wizards||March 10, 2004||Tracy McGrady||Magic||62|
|589||Hawks||Dec. 23, 2005||Allen Iverson||Sixers||53|