Friday, February 27, 2015

Sixers on the Road Again

Sixers looking to snap road losing streak.

Sixers on the Road Again

The Wizards guard Bradley Beal goes to the basket against 76ers forward Thaddeus Young and Damien Wilkins during the second half. (Nick Wass/AP)
The Wizards guard Bradley Beal goes to the basket against 76ers forward Thaddeus Young and Damien Wilkins during the second half. (Nick Wass/AP)

The Sixers have lost 13 consecutive games away from the Wells Fargo Center, the third-longest, one-season road slide in franchise history and just eight road drops away from setting a club record.

They pick up with a West Coast trip Wednesday in Los Angeles, and things don’t look promising until the club hits Sacramento next weekend. Looking down the darkened road, the record-setting game would come in Miami (where the Heat are 30-3) on April 6.

Here’s a look at the worst one-season road losing streaks in the team’s 50 seasons in Philadelphia, as well as a look at their next eight away-game opponents (with that team’s home and overall records going into Wednesday’s games):

 No.    Season  First Loss    Last Loss    Broken  By
 20  1987-88    Dec. 28  March 4  March 6    Indiana Pacers  
 15  1972-73  Jan. 9  March 20  (End of Season) 
 13  2012-13  Jan. 2  March 10  Current  —
 12  1972-73  Oct. 10  Nov. 19  Nov. 28  Buffalo Braves
 11  1973-74  Dec. 21  Feb. 9  Feb. 11  Atlanta Hawks


 14  March 20    Los Angeles Clippers    26-8  46-22
 15  March 21  Denver Nuggets  30-3  47-22
 16  March 24  Sacramento Kings  18-15  24-44
 17  March 25  Utah Jazz  24-9  34-33
 18  March 29  Cleveland Cavaliers  13-20  22-45
 19  April 3  Charlotte Bobcats  9-24  15-52
 20  April 5  Atlanta Hawks  21-12  37-30
 21  April 6  Miami Heat  30-3  52-14
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A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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