Sixers lose 18th straight as Kings romp

Kings' Rudy Gay, right, goes up to shoot against 76ers' Henry Sims during the first half.
Kings' Rudy Gay, right, goes up to shoot against 76ers' Henry Sims during the first half. (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)
Posted: March 13, 2014

The 76ers' losing streak is intact.

They suffered a 115-98 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, extending their skid to 18 games.

The Kings (23-42) were supposed to be a beatable opponent for the Sixers, still winless since Jan. 29 and losers of 28 of 31. Sacramento came into the contest with a three-game losing streak. This game also marked the Kings' fourth contest in six days.

Instead, the setback at Wells Fargo Center moved the Sixers closer to the franchise-record 20 straight defeats rung up by the infamous 1972-73 squad. The NBA record for consecutive losses is 26 by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I've always been a guy who hates losing," said Sixers power forward Thaddeus Young, whose team lost its 14th straight home game. "It's hard to take loss after loss, but we've got to go out there and try to grind it out. Hopefully, one will come sooner than later."

The Sixers' next chance to get a win will come Friday at home against the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. That game will mark the return of former Sixers Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen, and Andrew Bynum. Turner and Allen were traded to the Pacers on Feb. 20.

This time, an inability to make easy baskets - particularly in the third quarter - doomed the Sixers.

They shot 39.3 percent for the game and made just 6 of 24 shots in the third period. Nine of their misses were from four feet or closer. The Sixers also had six turnovers and just one assist while being outscored, 32-22, in the quarter. That enabled Sacramento to take a commanding 90-76 lead.

Sacramento made 40 of 50 foul shots.

"Inch by inch, the game got away from us," Sixers coach Brett Brown said.

Henry Sims' performance was one positive for the Sixers.

The 6-foot-10 center had his best game since he was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers the day Turner and Allen were traded. Sims finished with career highs of 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals.

"Yeah, you know it's big," the Georgetown product said of his performance. "Coming from being undrafted, on my way through the [NBA Development League] and then to training camp, I'm definitely proud of it. But I'd be more proud of a win."

Rudy Gay finished with a game-high 27 points. He was one of five double-digit scorers for the Kings. Forward Jason Thompson, a product of Lenape High School, had 14 points and seven rebounds.

Jarvis Varnado finished with four points and two rebounds on the day the Sixers announced that he had signed for the rest of the season. The 6-10 power forward originally signed a 10-day contract with the team March 1.

"I knew early [Tuesday] morning when we got back from [playing the Knicks in] New York," he said of the contract. "My agent was telling me they were just working out the structure of the deal. But I knew early."


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