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Pacers hand 76ers 21st straight loss, 99-90

March 18, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lance Stephenson scored 25 points and the Indiana Pacers came back from an early deficit to beat Philadelphia 99-90 on Monday, handing the 76ers their club-record 21st straight loss.

Paul George had 24 points for the Pacers, who gave the Sixers to a 15-6 lead before taking pulling ahead. George Hill scored 11 points, Ian Mahinmi had 10 and David West grabbed 12 rebounds.

Thaddeus Young had 23 points to lead the Sixers, who equal the Detroit Pistons for the sixth-longest losing streak in NBA history. The Pistons lost 21 straight bridging the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons.

The Cleveland Cavaliers set the NBA record for consecutive losses with 26, in the 2010-11 season.

Atlanta’s Paul Millsap scored 28 points as the Hawks downed the Bobcats 97-83 to end Charlotte’s eight-game home winning streak.

Al Jefferson, who was selected the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his 30th double-double of the season but was just 6 of 15 from the field.

Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 20 points.

At New York, Deron Williams scored 28 points and even dunked for the first time this season, leading the Brooklyn Nets past the Phoenix Suns 108-95 to extend their home winning streak to nine games.

Williams shot 11 of 13 from the field and looks to have fully recovered after ankle problems wrecked his first half of the season. Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets, on their longest home winning streak since winning nine straight from March 15-April 6, 2006.

Markieff Morris scored 18 points and Gerald Green 17 for the Suns.

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Chicago Bulls 97-85 after Kevin Durant had with 35 points and 12 rebounds.

Russell Westbrook added 17 points after sitting out the previous day to rest his surgically repaired knee.

Chicago’s Joakim Noah, who’s been hearing “MVP!” chants lately, shot 2 of 8 but finished with nine points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

In other games, the Houston Rockets downed the Utah Jazz 124-86, the Dallas Mavericks beat the Boston Celtics 95-89 and the Denver Nuggets were 110-100 winners over the Los Angeles Clippers.

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