The Sixers will look to avoid tying the NBA record for consecutive losses (26) when they play at Houston on Thursday night. Needless to say, the odds are not in the Sixers' favor.
Houston has won four games in a row, not quite in the neighborhood of the Spurs' 14-game winning streak, but the four games is the second-longest winning streak currently in the NBA.
Additionally the Rockets have only seven home losses, fourth fewest in the NBA.
So where does the NBA’s 26-game losing streak rank among other sports records of its kind?
The Detroit Lions hold the record for consecutive losses in an NFL season when they went winless for 16 straight games in 2008. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 26 straight games over the 1976 and 1977 seasons.
The record in Major League Baseball was set in 1889 when the Louisville Colonels lost 26 straight games. It's a record that clearly has stood the test of time. Harder to grasp is that Colonels team finished with a 27-111 record. In the World Series era (post-1903), the longest losing streak is 23 games by the 1961 Phillies. The Phillies went 47-107 in '61 and had a team ERA of 4.61.
The Sixers' 56 losses have been tough. Twice that number seems difficult to fathom.
And finally in the NHL, the 1974-75 Washington Capitals lost 17 games in a row, a record that the San Jose Sharks tied in the 1992-93 season.
Brett Brown insists his group has a win in them. They have 11 chances to prove that. If in fact they do tie the Cavaliers' record of 26 straight losses set three seasons ago, the debate will quickly shift to, “Can they win again?"
Winless from here on out for the Sixers would shatter the old losing streak by 10 games. That would be a record that might not be touched for a long time.