Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 29, 2014

Philadelphia 76ers avoid historic loss

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers snapped their NBA record-tying 26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 on Saturday night to avoid establishing the longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history.

Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young each scored 21 points for the 76ers, who won for the first time in exactly two months and did it with surprising ease, leading by as much as 32 points. They also ended an 18-game home losing streak, which was one shy of another NBA record.

The 76ers rang up a season-high 70 points in the first half.

Their 26 straight losses equaled the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and also the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dropped 26 straight in 1976-77.

Henry Sims added 16 points for the Sixers.

Fans were into it from the start and grew louder throughout, standing and cheering for the final 45 seconds.

Greg Monroe had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the sloppy Pistons, who lost for the 11th time in 13 games and turned the ball over 18 times, many after starting point guard Brandon Jennings was ejected in the first quarter.

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