Sixers Drop to 0-13 With 91-83 Loss to Knicks
Jose Calderon made his season debut for the Knicks, who had lost consecutive games but had an easy time against a team that was every bit as bad as its record for most of the game.
The 76ers are the first team to drop their first 13 games since the 2009-10 Nets lost 18 straight during the worst start in NBA history. The Sixers are nearing their franchise-worst start of 0-15 in 1972-73, when they finished 9-73 for the worst 82-game mark in league history.
They played hard to keep from getting blown out but couldn't overcome three quarters of dismal shooting that had them trailing by as many as 21 points.
Nerlens Noel had the best night of his young career with season highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Calderon finished with three points and three assists in 21 minutes. The Spanish veteran strained his right calf during a preseason game on Oct. 20, and the Knicks are hoping he can help the flow of their triangle offense.
New York was still without Andrea Bargnani, who was nearing a return from the strained right hamstring that has sidelined him all season when he strained his right calf in practice Friday.
The crowd was announced at 19,812, a sellout, but fans were largely silent during play, as if beating up on the dismal Sixers wasn't worth cheering.
Philadelphia did manage to get it to 85-77 with under 2 minutes left, but Anthony made consecutive baskets.
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