Philadelphia 76ers lose again to the Grizzlies, now 0-18

It’s getting old to continue to report on the Philadelphia 76ers. This evening, they’ve lost their 18th straight game to begin the season.

They lost 92-84 to the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. The loss is their 28th dating back to last season.

“For people that don’t follow our program, they just simply see a record and volume of losses,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. “. . . For the people here, especially the Philadelphia journalists, to have seen the effort and how close we are to playing with some really good players, against some really good teams on the road, driving on floors and being there – most definitely I leave very, very proud of our guys. We made progress.”

The 0-18 start tied the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets). The Sixers losing streak has been going on since March 27th.

They could lose their 19th straight game to begin the season against the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Tuesday night. It will be Kobe Bryant‘s final time that he returns to South Philadelphia as a Laker since announcing his retirement.

With 7:38 remaining in the game, the Sixers were leading the Grizzlies 76-71. As they were hoping for their first win of the season, the Grizzlies fans were booing them.

Then, the Grizzlies went on a 15-1 run to regain control of the game. Memphis Power Forward Zack Randolph had eight of the 15 points during the rally.

“We turned it over a few times, missing shots,” rookie Jahlil Okafor said. “They hit some big threes down the stretch that really helped them out. That was really the end of the game.”

The Grizzlies outscored the Sixers 28-17 in the fourth quarter. Memphis outscored the Sixers 55-53 in the final two quarters.

The Sixers had a game-high 36 points in the third quarter.

Memphis led 37-31 at halftime. The Grizzlies scored 21 in the first quarter, which was the only 20 point quarter in the first two quarters.

Isaiah Canaan led the Sixers with 16 points, while Mike Conley Jr. had 20 for the Grizzlies.

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