The Philadelphia 76ers blew another fourth-quarter lead and lost 92-84 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night. The Sixers have lost a record 28 consecutive games dating back to last season and are now 0-18 this year, which ties the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets for worst start to a season in NBA history.
Philadelphia led by three entering the fourth quarter and was up 76-71 after two Isaiah Canaan free throws with 7:37 left. The Sixers then proceeded to score one point over nearly five minutes as the Grizzlies went on a 15-1 run. Philadelphia went over six minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter.
This kind of loss has been a theme of this season, especially of late. The Sixers have been competitive in a lot of games and have held numerous late leads, only to fall apart down the stretch.
Philadelphia’s offense is the worst in the league at 90.8 points per 100 possessions, but that number is down at a paltry 57.5 in 31 “clutch” minutes, per NBA.com. The Sixers have a -15.5 net rating in fourth quarters overall and an astonishingly bad -78.2 net rating in the clutch. That’s how you start a season 0-18.
Philadelphia will try to avoid falling to 0-19 and setting a new record for futility when it takes on the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday. The Lakers are the second-worst team in the league, so the Sixers will have a good shot.