Those poor, poor Philadelphia 76ers. A game after blowing a huge lead against the Miami Heat, the Sixers first blew a 13-point first-half lead then collapsed down the stretch to lose 100-95 to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. The loss dropped the Sixers to 0-15, and they’ve lost 25 straight games dating back to last season.
Those 25 straight losses are one shy of the NBA record, which is held by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers…and the 2013-14 Sixers. This version of the Sixers will try to avoid joining that group when they play against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.
After blowing that 13-point first-half lead, the Sixers recovered and went up 91-86 with 2:39 left. But as usual, Philly’s offense folded down the stretch, and Andrew Wiggins took the game over for Minnesota. Wiggins went on a personal 7-0 run, and then he assisted Kevin Martin on a dagger three in the final minute. The victory gave the Wolves their first home win of the season.
Wiggins finished with 32 points, marking the third time he’s reached 30 points this season. Jahlil Okafor outdueled Karl-Anthony Towns in the battle of rookie big men, with Okafor putting up 25 points and 12 rebounds and Towns mustering just six points and two rebounds thanks to foul trouble.
However, Okafor only got two shot attempts in the fourth quarter, and he didn’t take a single shot down the stretch as the Sixers blew that late lead. Philadelphia just needs to keep trusting that process. That first win will come soon enough.