76ers Finally Snap NBA-Record 28-Game Losing Streak

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffDecember 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 1: T.J. McConnell #12 and Robert Covington #33 of the Philadelphia 76ers react in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 1, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The 76ers defeated the Lakers 103-91. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia 76ers finally brought an end to their NBA-record losing streak Tuesday night, beating the Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 103-91 to stop the bleeding at 28 consecutive games (18 this season).

In addition to setting an NBA mark, the losing streak is the longest ever recorded in any of North America's four major professional sports leagues (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB), per the Associated Press.

There was an unusual amount of hype leading up to the game but not because it represented the 76ers' best chance to win in quite some time.

The main storyline was that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who recently announced his retirement, would be playing in his hometown of Philadelphia for the last time in his storied career.

Bryant came out gunning and hit three of his first four shots, all from three-point range, but he ultimately made just seven of his 26 field-goal attempts, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and three turnovers.

Although his inefficient outing played a huge role in allowing the 76ers to finally get a win, it also helped that Philadelphia had six double-digit scorers, led by red-hot forward Robert Covington (23 points).

The previous record for the longest losing streak in the four major sports leagues was 26 games, owned jointly by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2013-14 76ers.

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Both of those streaks were contained to one season, so the 76ers at least avoided breaking the record for longest single-season losing streak.

They did, however, match the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets for the worst start to a season (0-18) in NBA history.

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