Sixers Notes: Doug Collins says Heat could challenge record

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins shouts to his team in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins shouts to his team in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: March 27, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY - If the Miami Heat keep streaking - they have won 27 straight - they could tie the NBA record by beating the 76ers on April 6. The record of 33 straight wins was set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Sixers coach Doug Collins believes that the Heat are good enough to break the record.

"Sure they can," Collins said Monday. "They have been pulling rabbits out of their hat lately, but they are in a rhythm.

"Absolutely, they could do it. They have great players, a great coach, they defend every night and they have championship players like Ray Allen and Shane Battier coming off their bench."

The Sixers have lost three games to the Heat during the streak. The next matchup is in Miami.

A competitor's death

Collins reflected on the death of Ray Williams before the Sixers played the Utah Jazz. Williams, who died of colon cancer at age 58, was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1977. He played 10 seasons in the NBA, averaging 15.5 points.

"I loved playing against him," Collins said. "He was an incredible competitor. He was a tough guard who could get in the paint and loved contact."

Collins said that seeing a contemporary die "makes you realize how that, no matter how tough this business is with the losing, you have to enjoy the blessings in life while you can."

Boo all you want

Sixers center Spencer Hawes said he had no problem with being booed on Sunday in Sacramento.

Hawes, who once played in that town, had said he wanted to see the Kings move to his hometown of Seattle.

"I like being the villain - that's OK," Hawes said. "Bring it on."

Hawes finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 107-103 win over the Kings.

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