76ers Finally Win Their First Game of the Season
The 0-17 Philadelphia 76ers were within one loss of tying the NBA record for most losses to start the season when an opportunity arose. On December 3rd, the 76ers played the 4-12 Minnesota Timberwolves, who happened to be the worst team record wise in the Western Conference. It was the worst of the East vs. the worst of the West.
Philadelphia avoided the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets record of 18 straight losses to start the season by beating the Timberwolves 85-77. This despite scoring only 9 points in the second quarter and shooting just 39% from the field (Minnesota was even worse at 35.7%). Each team committed 19 turnovers, but in the end someone had to win and, Philadelphia was a little less lousy than Minnesota.
Philadelphia’s 17 game losing streak was still a long way from the franchise record of 26, set just last year. Will they have another long streak this season and break that record? Don’t rule it out.