Going into Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Philadelphia 76ers were looking in the face of being on the wrong side of NBA history.
Last season it was the 26-game losing streak and the win against the Detroit Pistons that helped them avoid having the longest losing streak in the NBA history books. And on Wednesday the team was sitting at 0-17, one loss away from being tied with the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets for the most losses to open the season.
Turns out, they didn’t have to worry.
After 17 tries, the Sixers finally got their first win of the season, beating the Timberwolves 85-77. Michael Carter-Williams led all scorers with 20 points to go along with his nine rebounds and nine assists. Due to the lack of point guards on the bench with both Tony Wroten and Alexey Shved out with injuries, MCW ended up playing a staggering 43 minutes.
The Sixers led for most of the game, despite both teams playing some really terrible basketball. Everyone got a sense of where things were going when this happened at tip-off:
Yes, the Sixers started the game by going the wrong direction towards the wrong basket. In what can only be called a first, the referees called a mulligan and just started the game over.
No, you can’t make this stuff up.
Thaddeus Young, facing his old team for the first time this season, scored 16 points and rookie phenom Andrew Wiggins scored 11.
But no matter how ugly it was, the bottom line is that the Sixers finally won a game. They are riding a one-game winning streak and fans should celebrate while they can because next up is Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Tonight, however, the Philadelphia 76ers are winners. The monkey is off their back and the rest of the season can proceed as planned. Let’s just hope the fans don’t have to go another 17 games before we get to celebrate another win.