Sixers drop 26th straight, 120-98 to Rockets

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Another was when the Sixers got a steal, but gave it back seconds later when Young’s pass intended for Anderson sailed high over his head and into the crowd.

Carter-Williams got in on the bad play action when, under heavy pressure from Harden, he simply threw the ball into the Philadelphia bench in the second quarter.

But the game wasn’t without some nice plays by the Sixers, who have continued to play hard during this terrible stretch. A highlight came when Casper Ware grabbed a steal and made a 46-foot heave as time expired in the first quarter.

That shot was part of a 12-0 run which got the Sixers within 35-33 early in the second quarter.

A nice reverse layup by Anderson tied it at 43-all midway through the second quarter before Houston used a 20-6 run to take a 63-49 lead at halftime.

The Sixers missed nine shots, including three layups, and had four turnovers as the Rockets built the lead.

Houston was up by 17 late in the third quarter when the team went on an 8-0 run to pad the lead to 96-71.

Brown addressed the dreadful stretch before the game and he isn’t interested in anyone’s pity.

“I hope they feel good about themselves,” he said. “I don’t want anyone feeling sorry for us or hanging our head … we are going through something and we will get through it together.”

He also discussed their plan for rebuilding at length, saying he knew what he was getting into when he took the job and insisted this skid hasn’t been difficult for him.

“I can tell you very, very sincerely that this is something that in a twisted way is enjoyable in regards to watching the young guys get better,” he said. “Obviously at times it’s hard going through it … (but) I feel like we’re heading in the right direction.”

None of that can erase the fact that this streak now has its place in history as one of the worst in all of the four major professional sports.

According to STATS LLC, the longest streaks in the other major sports are held by:

- In the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26 losses in row, from Sept. 12, 1976-Dec. 4 1977.

- In MLB, the Philadelphia Phillies, 23 losses in a row, from Jan. 29, 1961-Aug. 20, 1961.

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