Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers and the Longest Losing Streaks to Start a Season

The 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers Hit The Record Book, And Not In A Good Way. They Have Lost Their First 12 Games (So Far).

The 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers Hit The Record Book, And Not In A Good Way. They Have Lost Their First 12 Games (So Far).

The Philadelphia 76ers head to Madison Square Garden tonight to face off against the (almost equally woeful) New York Knicks.

The Sixers are carrying with them an 0-12 record; they’re on a 12-game losing streak to open the season – the fourth longest of its kind in NBA history.

The top three teams all achieved “greater” marks in their inaugural seasons. At least there is some excuse there.

If Philly loses again tonight, they’d have the worst start to a season ever for a franchise not in its first year. Then again, they are facing the 3-10 Knicks. Anything can happen.

As it is, the Sixers are just three more consecutive losses away from tying the 1970-71 Cleveland Cavaliers and the one-season Denver Nuggets of 1949-50 for second with 15 losses to open a year.

The top mark – quite the contradiction of recent times – is held by the Miami Heat. They lost 17 in a row breaking in 1988-89. Seems like a very long time ago.

Here’s every losing streak of 10 or more (no one lost exactly 10 in a row) to start a season.

TEAM SEASON LOSING STREAK FINAL RECORD SEASON?
1. Miami Heat 1988-89 17 15-67 1st season
2. Denver Nuggets (DEF) 1949-50 15 11-51 1st season
2. Cleveland Cavaliers 1970-71 15 15-67 1st season
4. Denver Nuggets 1997-98 12 11-71 22nd season*
4. Washington Wizards 2012-13 12 29-53 52nd season
4. Philadelphia 76ers 2014-15 (Active) 12 TBD 66th season
7. New Orleans Jazz 1974-75 11 23-59 1st season

* NBA seasons only. ABA not included.

Photo: rantsports.com

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