Better Late Than Never: 76ers Get First Win Of Season, End 17-Game Losing Streak

| by Daniel Yancelson

The Philadelphia 76ers ended their 17-game losing streak and grabbed their first win of the season against the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. The Sixers edged out the Wolves for an 85-77 win.

With the win, the Sixers (1-17) avoided tying the record for most consecutive losses to start a season; the Brooklyn nets started 0-18 in the 2009-10 season.

A win is a win, especially for a young team like the 76ers, but it was an ugly one. The T-wolves have the worst defense in the league, and Philly managed to shoot just 39 percent from the field. They committed 18 turnovers and were 5-of-24 from the three-point line. They missed the first 12 three-pointers they took and were held to only nine points in the second quarter.

Michael Carter-Williams led all scorers with 20 points while also adding nine rebounds and nine assists. Robert Covington scored 17 points, and KJ McDaniels added 12 points and nine rebounds.

"We feel like this validates the work they've put in," 76ers head coach Brett Brown said. "I just have a tremendous amount of respect for the fact that they never once quit on themselves, short-circuited a practice, and they were rewarded tonight."

The Sixers were also without their leading scorer, Tony Wroten, who missed his third straight game with a knee injury.

The win didn’t come without a crazy beginning.  After just 16 seconds of play, the game had to restart because the 76ers were going in the wrong direction.

Despite the bad shooting, multiple turnovers and scores in the wrong basket, the young Sixers team can now direct their attention away from the losing streak and focus on improving.

“For me personally, I think it's a big relief off my chest," Carter-Williams said. "And the same is for the rest of the guys now that we got a win."

On Friday, the 76ers host the Oklahoma City Thunder -- a team that just got Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook back from injuries. The T-wolves will host the Houston Rockets on Friday.

Source: ESPN / Photo Credit: Wikipedia