Pistons vs. 76ers: Twitter Reacts as Philadelphia Snaps Historic Losing Streak

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2014

From left to right, Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims celebrate in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 123-98, breaking a 26-game losing streak. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Matt Slocum

The Philadelphia 76ers did the unthinkable Saturday night—win. The 123-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons snapped a 26-game losing streak—one shy of dusting off the record book and giving it a redo.

Thanks to 21 points apiece from Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams and 52.2 percent shooting from the field, Philadelphia proved to have the heart and pride many questioned beforehand.

ESPN and David Aldridge helped to provide some perspective as to how long it has been since Philadelphia recorded a mark in the "W" column:

Before the victory, the 76ers had become a national sensation, even drawing the ire of late-night host Jimmy Fallon:

As expected, the world of social media blew up with the news the 76ers avoided going down in history. In fact, most were irritated Philadelphia managed to avoid the disastrous fate. ESPN's Jemele Hill put it best:

The writing was on the wall before the fourth quarter even started. Philadelphia ran away with the contest by more than 30 points after having lost 26 in a row, which drew great reactions from Bleacher Report's Bryn Swartz and Eric Rosenthal of HoundSports:

With an extremely talented draft inbound, it is easy to accuse teams such as the 76ers of tanking in order to obtain a high draft selection. But as ESPN's Marc Stein points out, even these 76ers won't lose 27 times:

To be fair, the 26-47 Pistons were not exactly a tough opponent. As RJ Bell of ESPN Radio notes, even Vegas was kind to Philadelphia on Saturday night:

Eventually, one has to wonder if there was some outside factor that played a role in the 76ers' streak of futility. Associated Press writer Tim Reynolds has quite the interesting theory:

In other news, the Cleveland Cavaliers can celebrate their victory on the night—continuing to hold down the record, as Golf World Magazine's Dave Shedloski points out:

Finally, for a hard dose of reality—despite the streak, the 76ers still don't have the worst record in the putrid East, as illustrated by Warren Shaw (congratulations, Milwaukee Bucks):

The 76ers are now on a one-game winning streak. Let that sink in—it's been a while.

 

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