The Philadelphia 76ers won their first game since March with a 103-91 victory over the L.A. Lakers snapping an NBA record 28-game losing streak.
After tying the previous NBA record with 26 consecutive losses last season, the 76ers lost their final 10 regular season games and then began this season 0-18 before last night’s triumph.
As bad as the 76ers are, the Lakers aren’t much better. At 2-15, they own the worst record in the NBA’s Western Conference. The Clippers have supplanted the Lakers as L.A.’s number one basketball team. Kobe’s five NBA titles have receded into memory’s abyss. No wonder Kobe Bryant is retiring.
Still, Bryant grew up near Philadelphia and got a nice hand from the fans who actually showed up to honor him rather than to see the 76ers. Who could blame them?