76ers' skid hits 24 games with 91-81 loss to Bulls

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm •  Published: March 22, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Henry Sims can see the growth and he's not referring to the stack of losses.

The Philadelphia 76ers' skid continued and so did their march toward the wrong kind of record.

They have dropped 24 straight after losing 91-81 to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. But Sims can at least see some positives.

"We're learning to play better with each other," he said. "We're learning to make better decisions down the stretch. We're growing right now, and that's the main focus right now. The games we have left, we want to keep growing."

They wouldn't mind stopping the losing streak, either, but the Bulls weren't about to let that happen.

Joakim Noah finished with 20 points, Jimmy Butler scored 17, and Chicago handed the 76ers yet another loss to put them within two of the NBA record.

The Sixers moved ahead of the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Denver Nuggets (1997-98) and Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12) for the second-longest, single-season losing streak.

The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped 26 during the 2010-11 season, and Philadelphia would have to pull off an upset to avoid tying that.

The next two games are at San Antonio and Houston. Drop them, and the Sixers could set the record at home against Detroit on March 29, particularly if they continue to shoot like this from the outside.

They missed their first 18 3-pointers and were threatening a league record before Byron Mullens made one early in the fourth. They wound up going 1 for 20. The mark for most 3-point attempts in a game without a conversion is 15.

"We were 1 for 20 — what do you say?" coach Brett Brown asked. "It's going to be hard. I thought our defense was really quite good. It's always going to be hard if you can't make perimeter shots. This group has struggled doing that, and so, finding wins and finding ways to stay in games is always going to be a challenge."

Despite that, they hung in until Taj Gibson buried a jumper and D.J. Augustin nailed a 3 with 2:30 remaining. That made it 91-79 and sealed the win for the Bulls, who moved into a tie for third in the Eastern Conference with Toronto.

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