INDIANAPOLIS – The Sixers have officially reached a new low.
They fought on Monday night before suffering a 99-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers to set a new franchise record with 21 straight defeats. The previous mark of 20 straight losses was held by the 1972-73 club that finished with a 9-73 record.
The game was tied nine times and there were 10 lead changes, though none in the fourth quarter.
The Sixers’ record dropped to 15-52 with the loss, while the Pacers improved to 50-17.
Down 88-85 with 2:39 remaining in the game, Michael Carter-Williams missed a three-pointer.
The Sixers got back on defense, but Carter-Williams left his man to help on a David West drive. West kicked the ball out to George Hill in the corner for an open three that splashed through the net to give the Pacers a six-point advantage.
Follow the leader
Paul George scored 24 points despite shooting just 4 for 14 from the field. George made up the difference by sinking 15 of 16 free throws.
Lance Stephenson led all scorers with 25 points.
Thaddeus Young had 23 points to lead the Sixers. Young made 4 of 8 shots from long range.
Carter-Williams scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He also had five assists.
The foul line continues to haunt the Sixers. They were just 11 for 20 on Monday night.
Meanwhile, the Pacers lived at the line. They shot 31 of 38 from the charity stripe.
The Sixers were called for 33 personal fouls compared to 17 for the Pacers.
Take a bow
Hollis Thompson scored 17 points on 6 of 7 shooting, including a perfect 4 of 4 from three-point range. Thompson also added six rebounds.
Henry Sims showed toughness inside dealing with Roy Hibbert. He scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
James Anderson did not make the trip because of a quad contusion. Tony Wroten made his 14th start of the season in Anderson's place.
Andrew Bynum did not play Monday night because he had swelling in his right knee. He underwent an MRI and is listed as day to day. He has appeared in two games for the Pacers, totaling 23 points and 19 rebounds.
The Sixers return home on Wednesday for the first of two matchups against the Chicago Bulls this week.
The last time the Bulls came to the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers were able to pull off a 107-104 victory to start the season 3-0.