76ers’ skid hits 24 games with 91-81 loss to Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers suffered their 24th straight loss as Joakim Noah finished with 20 points and Jimmy Butler scored 17 in the Chicago Bulls 91-81 victory Saturday.
The Sixers moved ahead of the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Denver Nuggets (1997-98) and Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12) for the second-longest, single-season losing streak.
The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped 26 during the 2010-11 season, and Philadelphia would have to pull off an upset to avoid equaling that.
The next two games are at San Antonio and Houston. Drop them, and the Sixers could set the record at home against Detroit on March 29, particularly if they continue to shoot like this from the outside.
They missed their first 18 3-pointers before Byron Mullens made one early in the fourth and were 1 of 20 in the game.
New Orleans power forward Anthony Davis had 30 points, 11 rebounds and three steals as the Pelicans beat the Heat 105-95 for struggling Miami’s seventh loss in 11 games.
LeBron James twisted his right ankle while stepping on Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans’ foot during a drive to the hoop late in the third quarter, but remained in the game and finished with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. It was not enough for Miami, which gave guard Dwyane Wade and center Greg Oden the night off following Friday’s victory at Memphis.
At Memphis, Tennessee, Mike Conley scored 21 points, and Zach Randolph added 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Grizzlies beat the Pacers 82-71 — Indiana’s lowest point total of the season.
Mike Miller added 13 points as Memphis won for the seventh time in nine games and maintained its hold on the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Marc Gasol, returning after spraining his ankle Friday night, had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Houston Rockets led from the start to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-111 after James Harden scored 37 points, including 17 in the third quarter.
Harden was 9 of 15 from the field, hit five 3-pointers, made all 14 of his free throws and had 11 assists without playing the fourth quarter after Houston built a 29-point lead late in the third.
Rockets center Dwight Howard missed his third straight game with a sore left ankle, but Houston is undefeated in the eight-time All-Star’s absence.
Dion Waiters led Cleveland with 26 points. Tyler Zeller added a career-high 23 points for the Cavaliers, who also played without forward Luol Deng (sprained left ankle).
In other games, the Charlotte Bobcats downed the Portland Trail Blazers 124-94, the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Detroit Pistons 112-103, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors 99-90 and the Utah Jazz were 89-88 winners over the Orlando Magic.