Orlando Beats Seattle to End Streak at 17
The Orlando Magic stopped its losing streak at 17--three games short of the NBA record in one season--as point guard Sam Vincent scored a career-high 35 points, including two free throws with 0.6 seconds left, in a 104-103 victory at Seattle on Wednesday night.
It was the Magic’s first victory since a Nov. 30 game against Miami.
The Philadelphia 76ers lost 20 consecutive games in 1973 for the NBA record.
The Magic trailed, 101-94, with 3:02 left. Vincent made all six of his free throws and Nick Anderson added two baskets in that final spurt. Terry Catledge finished with 30 points.
Orlando made 32 of 33 free throws, eclipsing the team-record 25 for 27 they converted on Jan. 16, 1991, against the Chicago Bulls.
The SuperSonics led, 103-102, and had the ball in the final minute, but threw it away with 30 seconds left.
Because of injuries, Orlando had the NBA-minimum eight players for the game.