The Sixers know the statistic all too well. They have not won two games in a row since Nov. 30 and the streak continued on Monday with a 103-100 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Sixers allowed an early 17-point lead to slip away as their record dropped to 18-26.
Both teams shot the ball well with Memphis shooting 55 percent from the field and the Sixers at 54. The Grizzlies did make 61 percent from behind the arc.
The Sixers took a 100-97 lead with 3:05 remaining when Jrue Holiday scored his 18th point of the night. The Sixers had six possessions the rest of the way and converted on none of those opportunities. They had one turnover and five missed shots in that stretch.
Follow the leader
Marc Gasol was unconscious with his jump shot against the Sixers. After missing his first two attempts, Gasol made 10 of 13 for 27 points. Rudy Gay, who did not play in the first meeting between the two teams this season, scored 26.
Evan Turner led the Sixers with 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting. Thaddeus Young had 23 points and led the team in rebounding with seven. Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists, while Nick Young added 13 points in his second consecutive start.
The Grizzlies are the second-best offensive rebounding team in the NBA with an average of 14 boards on that end of the floor per game. The Sixers limited them to nine, which led to 14 second-chance points. However, two of those points came with 13.9 seconds remaining when Gay grabbed his lone offensive rebound of the night and followed with a jump hook that proved to be the game-winner.
Take a bow
Jerryd Bayless was selected 11th overall in the 2008 draft by the Indiana Pacers. Three trades and a free-agent signing later, Bayless has found a home with the Grizzlies.
Bayless made his second start of the season on Monday, and similar to what the Sixers saw in Cleveland earlier this season, Bayless pulled a Jeremy Pargo (Pargo scored 28 points for the injured Kyrie Irving against the Sixers on Nov. 21).
Bayless scored 19 first-half points on his way to a season-high 21-point night against the Sixers to go with eight assists. Bayless averages 5.5 points per game for the season.
The Washington Wizards come to town Wednesday for the first of three meetings between the two teams.
John Wall is back after a left patella stress injury, which sidelined him for the first 33 games. The Wizards have won five games since Wall’s return. He is averaging 14 points, seven assists and 2.6 rebounds in 25 minutes per game.