PHILADELPHIA — Paul George scored 25 points and David West had 18 to help the Indiana Pacers beat Philadelphia 101-94 on Friday night, sending the 76ers to their 19th straight loss.
With a loss to Memphis on Saturday, the Sixers can tie the franchise record for consecutive defeats in a single season. The Sixers lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9, 1973-Feb. 11, 1973 in a 9-73 season. The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Sixers last won on Jan. 29 on Evan Turner’s buzzer-beater at Boston. Turner was traded to the Pacers at the Feb. 20 deadline and is now a key reserve on a team expected to make a deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 25 points on 10 of 31 shooting and had 10 assists.
Wizards 105, Magic 101, OT
ORLANDO, Fla. — John Wall had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Trevor Ariza added 21 points and 11 rebounds overall, and the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the Orlando Magic.
The victory ends the Wizards’ two-game losing streak overall, and a seven-game road losing streak to the Magic.
Bradley Beal added 20 points before being helped off the court with an injury in overtime. Marcin Gortat finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Orlando led by as many as nine in the second half before seeing that lead evaporate down the stretch.
Tobias Harris had 21 points and Arron Afflalo finished with 18 to lead the Magic. Orlando has now lost five in a row and 11 of their last 14.
Bobcats 105, Timberwolves 93
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Al Jefferson had 25 points and 16 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jefferson set a single-season franchise record with his 20th 20-point, 10-rebound game of the season.
Gary Neal, benched Wednesday for an “internal team matter,” returned and provided a huge lift off the bench with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Charlotte led by as many as 18 points in the second half and the Timberwolves were never able to get the lead under double-digits after the break.
Kevin Martin had 19 points to lead Minnesota.
Raptors 99, Grizzlies 86
TORONTO — Jonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 23 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 points and 12 assists against his former team and the Toronto Raptors won for the 11th time in 14 games.
Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points, DeMar DeRozan had 16 and Amir Johnson 12 as the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors snapped a four-game home losing streak against the Grizzlies and improved to 16-0 at home this season when leading after three quarters.
Zach Randolph scored 16 points, only six after the first, and Courtney Lee had 12 as Memphis saw its four-game winning streak snapped.