Saturday's NBA roundup: 76ers drop to 0-16
Philadelphia — After setting a franchise record for losses to start the season, the 76ers continued to focus on long-term goals.
Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help Dallas beat Philadelphia, 110-103, on Saturday night, sending the 76ers to a 16th straight loss to start the season.
Michael Carter-Williams had a triple-double with 18 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who eclipsed the 1972-73 club that began 0-15 on the way to setting an 82-game NBA record for fewest victories at 9-73. Philadelphia became the fifth team in league history to open with at least 16 straight losses, joining the 1994-95 Clippers (0-16), 1998-99 Clippers (0-17), 1988-89 Heat (0-17) and the 2009-10 Nets (0-18).
"I'm fine and I don't want those guys worrying about any record," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. "We just have to keep our group together and move them along. I have so much respect for that group because their spirit has not been broken."
Philadelphia, with a roster of draft picks and young, undrafted players, is sacrificing victories to build for the future. Of the 12 players Brown played against Dallas, only Luc Mbah a Moute has more than two years of NBA experience.
"We're heartbroken we haven't won," Brown said. "But down deep I feel like I know something that's going on that I like. I think they will be rewarded for the work they're putting in. I hope it's sooner than later to validate their efforts."
The 76ers will try again for its first win Monday when they host the defending champion Spurs. If they lose to San Antonio, Philadelphia could equal the NBA record for losses to begin a season on Wednesday at Minnesota and could potentially set an NBA record on Friday at home versus Oklahoma City.
Monta Ellis added 18 points for Dallas (13-5), which played without struggling star Dirk Nowitzki to win its third straight. Coach Rick Carlisle gave Nowitzki the night off to rest. He was 4 for 27 from 3-point range in his last four games.
"It's a team you feel like you're not supposed to lose to, no offense to them," Chandler said.
K.J. McDaniels had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia.
"I'm proud of my team for just fighting," McDaniels said.
The Mavericks handed Philadelphia its worst loss of the season, a 53-point rout on Nov. 13. The 76ers had more turnovers (28) than field goals (23) in that 123-70 defeat. It was much closer on Saturday, but the result was the same.
Philadelphia trailed by just four points entering the fourth quarter. But the Mavericks scored the first six points of the final period to take a 96-86 lead with 9:02 remaining, matching their largest lead of the game. Philadelphia went 0 for 2 from the field with four turnovers during the Mavericks' run and never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
"We knew we were playing a desperate team with a lot of pride," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "They are undermanned and it's been a tough year for them but I respect their coach and I respect how hard they play. We were going to be up against a team playing like their pants are on fire the whole night and they did. The best compliment you can give our guys is they played a game where they kept their poise and limited the number of runs and limited the number of times the crowd got into it."
The Sixers climbed out of a 10-point hole early in the third quarter to go up by a point three times late in the period, the last when Henry Sims scored on a layup to make it 85-84 with 1:51 left. But Dallas scored six of the last seven points of the quarter, capped by Chandler Parsons' 3-pointer with 33.2 seconds left, to go up 90-86 entering the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia was without leading scorer Tony Wroten, who sprained his right knee late in Wednesday's loss to Brooklyn. Wroten is expected to miss at least a week and will be reevaluated on Friday.
More Saturday games
(At) Washington 83, New Orleans 80
Marcin Gortat had a season high 24 points and 13 rebounds, Bradley Beal scored 12 and the Washington beat New Orleans.
The Wizards trailed only once — when Anthony Davis, who led New Orleans with 30 points, dunked to give the Pelicans a 78-77 lead with 3:48 remaining.
Paul Pierce hit a layup and a 3-pointer, and Washington led 81-77 with 2:13 to play.
Tyreke Evans missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied the score with 1.7 seconds to play.
Gortat was 5 for 7 from the field in the third quarter as the Wizards, who never trailed, built a 65-57 lead after three.
New Orleans has lost a season-high three straight. Davis had 13 rebounds, but the NBA blocked shot leader, had none for the first time in 15 games this season.
The Pelicans had a season-low 12 assists and lost on consecutive nights. In their first three back-to-backs this season they had lost the first and won the second game.
(At) Atlanta 105, Charlotte 75
Paul Millsap scored 18 points, Mike Scott added 14 and Atlanta handed Charlotte a ninth straight loss.
Dennis Schroder and Kyle Korver each finished with 12 points for Atlanta (9-6), which has won two straight and four of five.
The Hornets (4-14) trailed by 20 early in the second quarter, by 32 late in the second and were down by 44 early in the third.
Al Jefferson was the only Hornet in double figures before reserve guard P.J. Hairston scored his 10th point early in the fourth.
Hairston led Charlotte with 15 points. Hornets guard Gerald Henderson, who had 14 points, was the only starter for either team to play in the fourth quarter.
(At) Cleveland 109, Indiana 97
Kevin Love scored a season-high 28 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and Cleveland defeated Indiana Pacers.
LeBron James added 19 points as Cleveland won its third straight game after losing four in a row and moved its record to 8-7. The Cavaliers have won the three games by an average of 23.3 points.
Love, who came into the game averaging 16.5 points, scored 16 in the first quarter. He made his first five shots, including two 3-pointers. Love, who also had 10 rebounds, was 9 for 13 from the field.
Irving added a season-high 10 rebounds and had five assists.
The Cavaliers built a 19-point lead in the first quarter, but the Pacers chipped away and trailed 52-49 at halftime. Cleveland regained control in the third, as James, who had eight points at the half, scored 11 in the quarter. The lead reached 20 points in the fourth quarter.
L.A. Clippers 112, (at) Utah 96
Blake Griffin scored 28 and Chris Paul added 17 points and 10 assists as the Clippers earned their fourth win in a row.
Jamal Crawford tallied 22 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds as the Clippers (11-5) closed a seven-game trip that covered over 7,200 miles with a 6-1 record.
Gordon Hayward scored 30 points and Derrick Favors had 19 for the Jazz (5-12), who have lost a season-high five games in a row.
J.J. Redick had 13 points as the Clippers marked 12 consecutive victories over the Jazz with 56 percent shooting.
The Clippers now boast an NBA-best 5-0 record in the second half of back-to-back games.
Houston 117, (at) Milwaukee 103
James Harden had 19 of his game-high 34 points in the decisive third quarter and the Rockets beat the Bucks.
Rookie Jabari Parker scored 19 points and Ersan Ilyasova added 18 for Milwaukee, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Harden and Bucks center Larry Sanders jostled near center court with 3:19 left in the game with Houston leading handily. Harden had been called for an offensive foul, and was holding the ball walking down the court when Giannis Antetokounmpo slapped him on the rear and knocked the ball away.
Harden gave a slight shove with his left hand to the 19-year-old Bucks player, and Sanders ran up to Harden, and both players grabbed each others' arms. Harden, Sanders and Antetokounmpo all were given technical fouls after the referees reviewed the video.
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is going to be out an indefinite period with a torn tendon in his left groin.
... Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao was out against Indiana because of a rib contusion.
... The Timberwolves signed free agent forward Jeff Adrien to add some much-needed depth to a roster decimated by injuries.