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NBA: 76ers’ skid reaches 25 games
First Published Mar 25 2014 09:25 am • Last Updated Mar 25 2014 11:30 pm

San Antonio • Brett Brown and the young Philadelphia 76ers are closing in on some dubious NBA history.

Austin Daye had 22 points, Tim Duncan added 19 and the San Antonio Spurs earned their 14th straight win with a 113-91 victory Monday night that sent the 76ers to their 25th consecutive loss.

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Philadelphia will face Houston on Thursday with the distinction of being a loss shy of tying the NBA single-season record for consecutive losses set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11.

Before the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he felt terrible for Brown, now the 76ers’ coach.

But he added that he did not feel sorry for "one of my best friends," because pity would upset his former assistant.

"Obviously, it’s a rough season for them," Duncan said. "It’s a rebuilding season for them. (Brown) knows that, they know that.

"They have a lot of young guys. He’s just trying to get the system in place that has them playing the way he wants them playing. It’s a process. He knows that."

Philadelphia (15-56) hired Brown hoping he could replicate some of the structure that has made San Antonio so successful. The 76ers saw firsthand how far they have to go.

The Spurs had nine players score at least five points and had 31 assists while shooting 44 for 79 from the field.

"It’s tough," Philadelphia point guard Michael Carter-Williams said. "They move the ball really well with the extra pass. They try to move the ball and almost tire you out on defense. You got to be able to rotate and play throughout the shot clock."


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Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 15 points each and Cory Joseph added 12 for San Antonio, which maintained the league’s best record at 54-16.

The Spurs did not play starters Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, but did not need them against the lowly 76ers.

Philadelphia only had seven players score, and six of those were in double figures. The 76ers finished with just 22 assists while shooting 41 percent from the field.

Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young each scored 19 points, Byron Mullens added 15 and Elliot Williams had 14 for Philadelphia.

"It felt like they were running 100 miles per hour out there," Young said.

"You take one thing and they pick you apart with something else. You just have to pick your poison with a team like this. They have so many guys who can do different things and so many guys that can make plays."

How effective the Spurs’ system can be was evident by who led the team in scoring, Brown said.

Daye, who was averaging 2.3 minutes while playing in only four games since being acquired from Toronto on Feb. 20, finished 6 for 10 on 3-pointers and had six rebounds in 29 minutes.

It was familiar to Brown, who served as an assistant under Popovich for seven seasons.

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