Finally: 76ers beat Lakers, end a major losing streak
PHILADELPHIA – With the spotlight on Kobe Bryant during the final game of his career in his hometown, the 76ers stole the show and defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 103-91 on Tuesday night for their first victory of the season.
The Sixers had lost their first 18 games, and 28 overall dating to last season — the longest losing streak in the history of major professional sports in the United States.
"I'm pleased for the city," 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "We don't want this streak continuing."
Lakers star Kobe Bryant scored 20 points on 7-for-26 shooting. He walked off to a standing ovation and chants of "Kobe! Kobe!"
•MAVS TIP BLAZERS IN OT: Deron Williams scored nine of his 30 points in overtime, and visiting Dallas beat the Trail Blazers 115-112. Dirk Nowitzki scored 28.
•CAVS FALL AT HOME: John Wall scored a season-high 35 points and the Washington Wizards handed Cleveland its first home loss of the season, 97-85.
•NETS COOK AT HOME: Brook Lopez scored 23 points and Brooklyn beat the Suns 94-91 for their fourth straight home win.
•GASOL LEADS GRIZZLIES: Marc Gasol scored a career-high 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Memphis beat the Pelicans 113-104 in New Orleans.
•OKAFOR GETS BODYGUARD: 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor will be accompanied by a bodyguard whenever he goes out after it was revealed that he had been involved in two altercations while leaving nightclubs.