After 26 games and two long months, the Philadelphia 76ers have won a basketball game! Brett Brown and company blew out the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center 123-98, after suffering many blowout losses during the horrid losing streak. The Sixers outscored the Pistons by 14 in the paint, forced 18 turnovers, and out-rebounded the much bigger Pistons team 46 to 44.
Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young led the way for the Sixers with 21 points each, followed by Henry Sims who added 16 points, and Hollis Thompson who added 14 points of his own. As a team, the Sixers shot 52% (48-92) from the field, and connected on 57% (12-21) of shots from beyond-the-arc while holding the Pistons to just 39% (33-85) shooting from the field and 29% (6-21) shooting from distance.
The young and depleted Sixers tied the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers for the most consecutive losses in the history of the National Basketball Association with 26, but were just good enough to get a win before breaking the record with 27 losses in a row.
Tonight marked the Sixers first win since general manager Sam Hinkie went haywire at the trade deadline, acquiring a number of draft picks while trading Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes in the process. But, it is finally over. The long, painful, pitiful losing streak has finally come to an end.
During their 26 game losing streak, the Sixers lost by 10 or more points 18 times! Recently they started playing tougher, giving more of an effort as a team, and it has finally paid off with a W going in the win column. Even with all of the losing, the Sixers still remain a game and a half back of the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the league.
Let the city of Philadelphia and Sixers fan everywhere rejoice! The streak is over! The streak is over! The Sixers win! The Sixers win! May the NBA lottery be in their favor.
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