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Instant Replay: Pacers 99, Sixers 90

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Instant Replay: Pacers 99, Sixers 90

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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.

Turning point
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.

Stat-egic
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.

Injury update
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.

What’s next?
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.

Sixers reportedly ink Kris Humphries to non-guaranteed deal; sign Jacob Pullen

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Sixers reportedly ink Kris Humphries to non-guaranteed deal; sign Jacob Pullen

The Sixers are busy just days before the start of training camp. 

The team plans to sign veteran forward Kris Humphries to a non-guaranteed deal, according to The Vertical

Humphries fits with the Sixers’ plan for a versatile system. At 6-foot-9, he can knock down a long-range shot. Last season on the Hawks, he averaged 42.9 percent from 16 feet from the rim to the three-point line and 35.2 percent from three, according to Basketball-Reference.com. 

Humphries also averaged 3.7 boards in 12.3 minutes. The 32-year-old is entering his 14th NBA season and will add to the Sixers’ growing group of veteran players. 

The Sixers also signed 6-foot-1 guard Jacob Pullen, who was a member of BC Khimki in the VTB United League (Russia) last season. Pullen, 27, also has played in Italy, Israel, Spain, and Croatia. He was a standout at Kansas State (2007-11) and reached the NCAA Tournament in three of his four seasons. 

Pullen has been getting acclimated to the city. Earlier this month, he tweeted:

The Sixers will hold their media day Monday and open training camp Tuesday. 

Sixers to hold Blue-White Scrimmage at the Palestra on Oct. 1

Sixers to hold Blue-White Scrimmage at the Palestra on Oct. 1

If you’re a die-hard Process believer who can’t wait for the Sixers' preseason opener, you’ll have a chance to see the team in action three days prior, albeit in a scrimmage.

The Sixers announced Thursday that they will be holding a Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 1 at the Palestra from 1-3:30 p.m. Tickets will be free to the public.

“The building strongly represents the toughness and perseverance of the city of Philadelphia and of the 76ers organization,” coach Brett Brown said.

While Joel Embiid likely won't play in the scrimmage (see story), the event is a good opportunity to see No. 1 picks Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons. Fultz’s summer league campaign was cut short by a sprained left ankle.

The scrimmage is also an early chance to get a sense of what Brown’s rotation may look like this year, his fifth with the Sixers and first in non-tanking mode.

The preseason will begin at Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 4, against the Memphis Grizzlies. The first game of the regular season is on Oct. 18, a nationally televised contest vs. the Wizards in Washington, D.C.