NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, March 27th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (15-56) at Houston Rockets (48-22), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - History could be made in Houston on Thursday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers could match the NBA's longest losing streak when they
visit the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets.
Philly hasn't won since a buzzer-beating victory in Boston over the Celtics on
Jan. 29. Evan Turner scored the winning bucket and he's now a member of the
That victory came before not only the Super Bowl, but also before the opening
ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The Sixers, who have dropped 11 straight as the guest, would match the
Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA annals of futility with a loss on Thursday
Cleveland dropped 26 in a row during the 2010-11 season.
The Sixers' streak reached 25 with a 113-91 setback in San Antonio to the
Spurs on Monday night.
Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young had 17 points apiece to lead
Philadelphia. Elliot Williams managed 14 off the bench and Henry Sims and
James Anderson both chipped in 10.
"It felt like they were running 100 miles per hour out there," Young said of
the Spurs. "They were moving and passing and cutting, but that is a sign of a
team who has been together for a few years and has been a championship
contending team each and every year."
Next up is Houston, which is 28-7 at home this season and has taken 10
straight in the Toyota Center.
If the Sixers lose Thursday night, then they'll either establish a new NBA
record for longest losing streak, or halt the slide Saturday night at home
against the Detroit Pistons.
The Rockets are fourth in the Western Conference, just one game behind the
Los Angeles Clippers for the third seed, while four games in front of the
Portland Trail Blazers, who are fifth.
Houston has won four straight overall and swept a recent short road trip.
James Harden scored a game-high 31 points, including nine in a late third
quarter surge that propelled the Houston Rockets to a 100-89 triumph over the
Charlotte Bobcats on Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
"He just took over," Houston head coach Kevin McHale said of Harden fueling
the team's third quarter run. "He's been fantastic playing the right way."
Chandler Parsons finished with 11 points, while Dwight Howard, who had missed
Houston's last three games with a left ankle injury, posted a 10-point, 10-
rebound double-double for the Rockets. Howard is questionable Thursday.
The Sixers beat the Rockets in overtime on Nov. 13 in Philadelphia. The 76ers
are winless in two straight trips to Houston after winning four in a row
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