Eighteen and counting. With a 115-98 loss to the visiting Sacramento Kings, the 76ers dropped their 18th consecutive game and inched closer to the club record of 20 set during the dismal 1972-73 season. The NBA record is 26, by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
The loss dropped the Sixers to 15-49 and also gave them their 14th straight loss at the Wells Fargo Center.
Sacramento (23-42) snapped its three-game losing streak and took care of this one at the foul line. The Kings made 40 of 50 from the line, including 26 of 31 in the first half, a record for the WFC. They were also helped by a 32-22 scoring advantage in the third quarter, while the Sixers shot 6-for-24 and had six turnovers to one assist in those 12 minutes.
"They were pretty aggressive," said Thaddeus Young. "They forced the issue a lot and they got a lot of calls when they went to the basket. That was just in the nature of the game. Any team that's more aggressive than another team in general they go to the free throw line. [It feels like the game is slipping away] when you're missing shot after shot after shot after shot. The difference in the game was free throws and us not getting back in transition."
Henry Sims scored 20 points and snared 10 rebounds to lead the Sixers, both career-highs. James Anderson added 17, Young 16, Michael Carter-Williams 13 and Tony Wroten 10.
Rudy Gay, who was 16-for-19 from the foul line (both career-highs), finished with a team-high 27 points for Sacramento. Isaiah Thomas had 20 points, while DeMarcus Cousins collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Rookie Ben McLemore chipped in 15 and Jason Thompson 14 for the Kings.
"We missed a lot of shots right at the rim and it gets deflating," said Brett Brown. "It's part of the game. Time and time again you're at the rim and you get a chance to hang around and stay in the game, but we just missed a lot of layups [in the third]. You take the turnovers and missing some layup and then you look at the difference in fouls, those three things and then inch by inch the game got away from us."
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