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76ers tie club record with 21st straight loss

Lance Stephenson scored 25 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied from an early deficit to beat Philadelphia, 99-90, on Monday night, handing the 76ers their franchise-record 21st straight loss.

Paul George had 24 points for the Pacers, who staked the 76ers to a 15-6 lead before taking the lead and pulling away.

Thaddeus Young had 23 points to lead the 76ers, who tied the Detroit Pistons for the sixth-longest losing streak in NBA history. The Pistons lost 21 straight bridging the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons.

The Cleveland Cavaliers set the NBA record for consecutive losses with 26, in the 2010-11 season. The 76ers, who haven't won since Jan. 29 at Boston, might be hard-pressed to get a victory in their next five games. Four are against playoff-bound teams — Chicago (twice), San Antonio and Houston. Their best shot at a win during that stretch might be Friday's home game against New York — but the Knicks have won six in a row.

If the 76ers lose all five, a home game against Detroit on March 29 looms as the potential record breaker.

Oklahoma City 97, at Chicago 85: Kevin Durant finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and the Thunder bounced back from its most lopsided loss of the season, a 23-point defeat at home against Dallas on Sunday. Durant ran his streak of games with 25 or more points to 32, the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan had in 40 in a row during the 1986-87 season.

at Brooklyn 108, Phoenix 95: Deron Williams scored 28 points, even dunking for the first time this season, and the Nets extended their home win streak to nine games.

Atlanta 97, at Charlotte 83: Paul Millsap scored 28 points as the Hawks won their fourth consecutive game and 11th straight over the Bobcats, whose home winning streak ended at eight games.

at Houston 124, Utah 86: Terrence Jones scored 30 points, and the Rockets ended a three-game skid with their most lopsided victory of the season. Dwight Howard sat out because of an ankle strain.

at Dallas 94, Boston 89: Dirk Nowitzki led a balanced scoring effort with 19 points, and the Mavericks opened a franchise-record eight-game homestand with a hard-fought win over the Celtics, who finished 0-15 on the road against the Western Conference.

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