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               === Skid busters? 76ers take slide to Houston ===
 ( - History could be made in Houston on Thursday night.
 The Philadelphia 76ers could match the NBA's longest losing streak when they
 visit the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets.
 Philly hasn't won since a buzzer-beating victory in Boston over the Celtics on
 Jan. 29. Evan Turner scored the winning bucket and he's now a member of the
 Indiana Pacers.
 That victory came before not only the Super Bowl, but also before the opening
 ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
 The Sixers, who have dropped 11 straight as the guest, would match the
 Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA annals of futility with a loss on Thursday
 Cleveland dropped 26 in a row during the 2010-11 season.
 The Sixers' streak reached 25 with a 113-91 setback in San Antonio to the
 Spurs on Monday night.
 Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young had 17 points apiece to lead
 Philadelphia. Elliot Williams managed 14 off the bench and Henry Sims and
 James Anderson both chipped in 10.
 "It felt like they were running 100 miles per hour out there," Young said of
 the Spurs. "They were moving and passing and cutting, but that is a sign of a
 team who has been together for a few years and has been a championship
 contending team each and every year."
 Next up is Houston, which is 28-7 at home this season and has taken 10
 straight in the Toyota Center.
 If the Sixers lose Thursday night, then they'll either establish a new NBA
 record for longest losing streak, or halt the slide Saturday night at home
 against the Detroit Pistons.
 The Rockets are fourth in the Western Conference, just one game behind the
 Los Angeles Clippers for the third seed, while four games in front of the
 Portland Trail Blazers, who are fifth.
 Houston has won four straight overall and swept a recent short road trip.
 James Harden scored a game-high 31 points, including nine in a late third
 quarter surge that propelled the Houston Rockets to a 100-89 triumph over the
 Charlotte Bobcats on Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
 "He just took over," Houston head coach Kevin McHale said of Harden fueling
 the team's third quarter run. "He's been fantastic playing the right way."
 Chandler Parsons finished with 11 points, while Dwight Howard, who had missed
 Houston's last three games with a left ankle injury, posted a 10-point, 10-
 rebound double-double for the Rockets. Howard is questionable Thursday.
 The Sixers beat the Rockets in overtime on Nov. 13 in Philadelphia. The 76ers
 are winless in two straight trips to Houston after winning four in a row
 03/27 11:15:28 ET

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