Sixers Avoid Historic Futility Mark

Victory over Pelicans ensures they won't tie record for worst 82-game season.
Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel, middle, drives to the basket past New Orleans Pelicans' Kendrick Perkins, right, and Luke Babbitt during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Philadelphia. The 76ers beat the Pelicans 107-93. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia 76ers’ Nerlens Noel, middle, drives to the basket past New Orleans Pelicans’ Kendrick Perkins, right, and Luke Babbitt during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Philadelphia. The 76ers beat the Pelicans 107-93. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

It’s not quite the NBA equivalent of Villanova’s national championship — even if Sixers.com tried to lump the two events together — but it’ll have to do.

The Sixers on Tuesday night beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-93, in a game that gave the franchise its tenth victory of the season. Why is that meager number good news? It means the Sixers won’t tie the NBA record for fewest victories in an 82-game season. (That record is held, of course, by the 1972-73 76ers.)

Not exactly a Gatorade-splashing moment — they’re still 59 games in the win column behind the league-leading Golden State Warriors — but satisfying nonetheless.

“I’m happy for our guys,” said Coach Brett Brown. “They’re good people.  They genuinely care.  They put in fantastic days’ work.  To get a win and move on, they deserve that.”

The Sixers were led by Carl Landry’s 22 points  — a feat that earned him “MVP” chants from the crowd by game’s end, ESPN reported.

Said Landry: “It definitely made me feel good that the fans of Philly, blue-collar people, the majority of them, appreciate the effort that I put in, each and every day.”

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