76ers-Pacers Preview

Evan Turner drove the lane, pulled up and hit an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to give the Philadelphia 76ers a victory.

That was on Jan. 29 at Boston. The 76ers haven’t won a game since.

In the time it’s taken Philadelphia to tie a franchise record with 20 consecutive losses, Turner has been traded to the Indiana Pacers, who seek their fourth straight win Monday night while trying to make another contribution to Philadelphia’s run of futility.

The Sixers (15-51), who also dropped 20 straight during a 9-73 season in 1972-73, set a season worst for points in a 103-77 loss to Memphis on Saturday.

They’ll need to earn a win over the next six games to avoid tying the 2010-11 Cleveland squad that set an NBA record with 26 straight defeats. Only one team in that upcoming stretch has a losing record – New York, which has won six straight.

"Any win we have right now would be considered an upset," coach Brett Brown said. "That’s the way it’s played out at this stage."

Michael Carter-Williams scored 23 points and Thaddeus Young had 20 on Saturday for Philadelphia, which is doing all it can to remain positive during its dismal stretch.

Brown, in his first year on the job after being an assistant coach for successful San Antonio teams, knew the Sixers would go through their share of struggles.

"This is not slit-your-wrist time. This is not even close to that," said Brown, whose team has not led in the fourth quarter and has lost by an average of 18.2 points during its skid. "This is about building a program and understanding the short-term pain for a lot of long-term gain. That’s my vision. That’s how I approach it."

The 76ers fell 101-94 at home to Indiana on Friday in Turner’s first game in Philadelphia since he was traded with Lavoy Allen for Danny Granger on Feb. 20. Allen had 13 points against his former team in that contest while Turner scored only two.

Turner, though, netted 20 points Saturday as the Pacers rallied for a 112-104 overtime victory over Detroit. Paul George scored 30 for Indiana (49-17), which holds a multiple-game edge on Miami for home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Andrew Bynum, who was inactive in the last meeting and hasn’t faced the Sixers since not playing for them due to injuries last season, added 15 points and nine rebounds.

"Really proud of our guys," coach Frank Vogel said. "I did not like the deficit we built especially in that first half, but we stayed with the game and came back with better energy."

Indiana trailed by 25 in the second quarter but stormed back by outscoring the Pistons 32-19 in the third. It marked the second-biggest comeback in the NBA this season.

The Pacers have won 17 times after trailing at halftime.

"We knew this was going to be a long game," George said. "We knew we had a chance to come back and we just had to take small steps. We had to chip away and get this win."

Roy Hibbert had a season-high 27 points and added 13 rebounds as the Pacers won the first meeting with Philadelphia 106-98 on Nov. 23.

Carter-Williams had 29 points, six rebounds and seven steals in that contest for the Sixers, but he went just 5 for 16 from the field and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists Friday.