Philadelphia 76ers Honing in on Franchise Record 20-Game Losing Streak

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 11, 2014

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Following Monday's 123-110 loss to the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers are just three losses away from matching the franchise-record losing streak of 20 games, set during the 1972-73 season, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The Sixers have now lost 17 consecutive games, with their most recent victory coming Jan. 29 against the Boston Celtics.

Over the 17-game stretch, Philadelphia has allowed a whopping 115.2 points per game and scored a mere 96.2 points per contest. The Sixers have lost by an average margin of 18.9 points and haven't come within single digits of an opponent since losing to the woeful Utah Jazz by a score of 105-100 on Feb. 12.

Looking to more advanced stats, the Sixers rank dead last in both points scored per 100 possessions (92.2) and points allowed per 100 possessions (11.3) over the last 17 games, with the league's worst true shooting percentage (49.2), effective field-goal percentage (45.1) and turnover ratio (17.5 per 100 possessions) over that stretch. They've been a bit better on the boards, ranking 28th in the league with a 45.7 rebounding percentage during the 17-game run of futility.

The Sixers will need to pick things up fast if they want to avoid the franchise-record losing streak, as Wednesday's contest against the Sacramento Kings is followed by games against the Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, the Pacers again and finally the Chicago Bulls. With Memphis, Indiana and Chicago all boasting elite defenses, it's hard to imagine the Sixers even keeping things close.