CHICAGO -- The Sixers now stand alone as they close in on the NBA’s all-time consecutive game losing streak record.
A tight game slipped out of reach in the fourth quarter as Chicago beat the Sixers for the second time in five days Saturday night at the United Center with a 91-81 victory.
The loss was the Sixers' 24th straight as they broke out of a four-way tie for a second place mark for consecutive losses they shared with Vancouver (1995-96), Denver (1997-98) and Charlotte (2011-12). The 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers lead with 26 straight defeats.
The Sixers, now 15-55, could match the mark Thursday at Houston.
Joakim Noah’s layup with 8:19 to play and subsequent three-pointer from Kirk Hinrich gave the Bulls their first 10-point lead at 76-66. The Sixers never got closer than seven points while Chicago opened leads of as many as 12 points down the stretch.
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Forward Thaddeus Young scored a game team-high 28 points despite 10-of-26 shooting (38 percent) while center Henry Sims added 18 points and 15 rebounds. Noah paced Chicago with 20 points while Jimmy Butler had 17.
The Sixers were 54.4 percent shooting free throws over the past four games (43 of 79) but were perfect to start Saturday with 9 for 9 until the 5:25 mark of the second quarter, when James Anderson missed the first of two. The Sixers ended 20 of 22 for the game (90.9 percent). ... Tony Wroten’s ankle injury suffered Friday in New York will keep the Sixers’ No. 3 scorer (13.3 points) sidelined at least through late next week.
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There were still three minutes left in the third quarter, but Sims already had his third double-double of the season and second in two games with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He finished with 18 points and 15 boards.
The Sixers could extend their franchise-record losing streak to 25 as they play the second in a three-game road trip Monday in San Antonio. They’re two games away from matching the Cavaliers’ all-time NBA record of 26 consecutive losses (Dec. 20, 2010 through Feb. 9, 2011).
The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.
While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end.
Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.
Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-lowest odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-lowest odds at 3/1.
Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off.
Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets:
- Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
- Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds
- Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
- Robert Covington: 12.5 points
- Dario Saric: 5 rebounds
MIAMI — Scratch that January timetable for Ben Simmons, at least for now.
Sixers coach Brett Brown said on Friday night that he “misspoke” earlier in the day when he said that Simmons, the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick for 2016, is on schedule to return from foot surgery in January.
This had been the first time the Sixers put a timetable on the return of Simmons, who rolled his ankle when he landed on the foot of another player during an intra-squad scrimmage on Sept. 30.
On Friday night, before the Sixers played the Miami Heat, Brown said he misspoke on Simmons because he was “just getting excited about when he might be able to come back. There were so many dates and speculation that as a coach you sort of hear what you want to hear at times.
“I did mention a January hopeful return, and that was premature. That was a coach doing a lot more wishing than receiving instruction.”
Simmons, a 6-10, 240-pounder from Australia, was the national Freshman of the Year last season at LSU and then decided to bolt for the pros after just one collegiate year.
In six NBA summer league games earlier this year, Simmons averaged 10.8 ponits, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
“We will play this out,” Brown said of Simmons. “Everything is on track with his rehab. It’s only been two weeks since the surgery. Over a short period of time, we will be better prepared to give a statement that will map out his future.”