DENVER - It is hard to rip defeat from the jaws of victory with any more proficiency than the 76ers did Thursday in a 101-100 loss to the streaking Denver Nuggets.
The Sixers (26-42) led by eight points with 2 minutes, 7 seconds remaining and by five points with 14.3 seconds to play, yet still lost their 15th straight road game.
Despite their best shooting night of the season (55.1 percent), the Sixers were unable to avoid becoming the hot Nuggets' 14th straight victim.
But the Sixers have no one but themselves to blame for their collapse.
Jrue Holiday (18 points, career-high-tying 15 assists) was whistled for a foolish 24-second violation when he over-dribbled on a possession. Still, the Sixers led by 100-95 following a pair of Holiday free throws.