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Philadelphia 76ers lose their 24th game in a row

Joakim Noah finished with 20 points and the Chicago Bulls handed Philadelphia its 24th straight loss.

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CHICAGO – The Philadelphia 76ers’ long losing streak continued and so did their march toward the wrong kind of record.

Joakim Noah scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls handed Philadelphia its 24th straight loss. Chicago won 91-81 Saturday night and put the 76ers two games from tying a league record for futility.

The Sixers moved ahead of the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Denver Nuggets (1997-98) and Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12) for the second-longest losing streak in a season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped a record 26 in a row during the 2010-11 season, and Philadelphia would have to pull off an upset to avoid tying that mark.

The next two games are at San Antonio and Houston. Lose those, and the Sixers could set the record at home against Detroit on Saturday, particularly if they continue to shoot poorly from the outside.

They missed their first 18 three-point attempts before Byron Mullens made one early in the fourth quarter and were 1 of 20 in the game.

“We were 1 for 20 — what do you say?” Sixers coach Brett Brown asked. “It’s going to be hard. I thought our defense was really quite good. It’s always going to be hard if you can’t make perimeter shots.”

Thaddeus Young scored 28 for Philadelphia, which played without former Washington Husky Tony Wroten Jr. Wroten sprained his right ankle Friday and is expected to miss all three games on the trip.

Host Pelicans beat Miami

NEW ORLEANS – Anthony Davis had 30 points and 11 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans handed the struggling Miami Heat its seventh loss in 11 games, 105-95.

Heat superstar LeBron James twisted his right ankle while stepping on Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans’ foot during a drive to the hoop late in the third quarter, but remained in the game and finished with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

It was not enough for Miami, which gave guard Dwyane Wade and center Greg Oden the night off after Friday’s victory in Memphis.

Other games

Mike Conley scored 21 points as host Memphis beat Indiana 82-71, holding the Eastern Conference leaders to their lowest point total of the season.

James Harden, who sat out the fourth quarter, had 37 points and 11 assists to lead Houston to a 118-111 victory at Cleveland.

Tony Parker scored 20 points as the San Antonio Spurs won 99-90 at Golden State, extending their winning streak to 13 games.

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