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76ers tie team mark with 20th straight loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm •  Published: March 15, 2014

The 53-year-old Brown was part of three NBA title teams with San Antonio as an assistant and won another with the Spurs when he served in the basketball operations department in 1998-99. Brown is used to a winning program at San Antonio, so he's not familiar with starting from the bottom. But the Sixers realize it's not an overnight process and gave him a four-year contract to turn things around.

"I've been asked by so many people, 'Why would you take the job and screw up your coaching percentage?'" he said. "As if I care about that. I knew what I was getting in to."

The free-falling Sixers are gaining fast on Milwaukee (13-53) for the worst record in the NBA.

Unlike Friday night's loss against Indiana when they never led, the Sixers held an early edge against Memphis and played a competitive first half.

The Grizzlies were coming off a 99-86 loss at Toronto on Friday and needed some time to warm up in Philly. Once they got going, they became just the latest team to stomp the Sixers.

"It's scary because they're looking to get a win and they're going to do whatever it takes to get one," Conley said.

Conley did his part to avert an upset, scoring nine points during Memphis' 15-6 run to open the second half that stretched the lead to 18. He kept the lead rolling with a 3-pointer and a fast-break layup off a turnover for a 67-46 lead. The Grizzlies, winners of 12 of 16, had 13 players score and their 29-point lead in the fourth was their largest of the season.

Even a bit of an off night was enough for Memphis to cruise: The Grizzlies made only 4 of 15 3-pointers, were outrebounded, and had 22 turnovers.

Marc Gasol scored 11 points, Ed Davis had 11 rebounds, and the Grizzlies had 27 assists on 38 baskets.

"It's a good rhythm, but it's not where we want to be yet," Gasol said. "It's always on the good side. It's always better than losing, that's just for sure."

Just ask the Sixers.

NOTES: The 76ers sent F Arnett Moultrie, the 27th overall pick in the 2012 draft, to the D-League. He played only 12 games this season. "He's a young player, he's a first-round draft pick, he needs to play," Brown said.