The Sixers' Under-50 Streak

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:

 Games   Team  Date  Scorer  Team  Pts. 
 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