The last time the Philadelphia 76ers won was March 25 at Denver, making it 28 losses in a row, until last night. The Sixers ended their record setting losing streak by upsetting the Los Angeles Lakers 103-91. With the Sixers starting off the season 0-18, they are now tied with the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets for the worst start to a season in NBA history.
After announcing his retirement at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant walked into a gym packed with a crowd chanting his name. Philly started off slow, but Bryant was using the energy of his hometown as an advantage. He hit three early three pointers to start off his final game in Philadelphia. Bryant says he wasn’t expecting that kind of reaction from the crowd and it was very emotional.
The 76ers finally picked up the pace in the second half, taking a 80-75 lead in the fourth quarter and eventually winning their first game of the season. Brett Brown, Head Coach of the 76ers, says he was very happy the team could get a win last night for the fans and that winning is a relief.
After losing five straight games with leads in the fourth quarter, Philly finally finished a game strong. Sixers forward, Nerlens Noel, who scored 14 points and had 9 rebounds last night, says it’s about time they pulled out a win.
Byron Scott, Head Coach of the Lakers, says the Sixers played harder then them in the second half and he attributes the loss to taking them too lightly.
The Philadelphia 76ers hope to win their second game of the season when they take on the New York Nicks at Madison Square Garden tonight.