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          === Sixers try to avoid 27th straight loss, host Pistons ===
 (  - History could be made Saturday night at the Wells Fargo
 Center in Philadelphia.
 The 76ers have lost 26 straight and matched the longest losing streak not just
 in  NBA  history,  but  in  the  history of  the  four  major  North  American
 professional sports leagues.
 A  loss on Saturday  night at home, where the Sixers have dropped 18 in a row,
 to the Detroit Pistons will etch them in the record books.
 "We  move on,"  Sixers coach Brett Brown  said. "We're on a different path. We
 see this whole thing through a far different lens."
 The  Sixers have  been in rebuilding mode all season and escalated the process
 at  the  trade deadline  when they  sent Evan Turner,  Spencer Hawes and Lavoy
 Allen packing.
 In  their  attempt to secure  the most possible  ping-pong balls for the draft
 lottery,  the Sixers haven't won since Jan. 29 in Boston. Turner hit the game-
 winner  that night,  just as  he did  for the  Indiana Pacers  Wednesday night
 against the Miami Heat.
 Philly  hasn't  won  since  before  the Super  Bowl,  or  before  the  opening
 ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
 The  loss  that tied the  Cleveland Cavaliers'  streak from the 2010-11 season
 came  on  Thursday night  in  Houston  to  the  Rockets. Kevin  McHale's  crew
 demolished the Sixers, 120-98.
 James  Anderson ended with 30 points for the Sixers, who have lost 12 in a row
 on  the  road.  Henry Sims  and  Thaddeus  Young  donated  18 and  15  points,
 respectively, with Young also grabbing nine boards.
 The  Pistons have lost two straight and seven of their last eight. Detroit got
 clobbered  its  last time  out, falling  to the  two-time champion Miami Heat,
 110-78, at home Friday night.
 Greg  Monroe  and Will Bynum each  had 12 points  for the Pistons, who shot 38
 percent  from  the field, including 3-of-24  from beyond the arc. Detroit also
 received 11 points from Kyle Singler.
 The  Heat played  without Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and Greg Oden
 and  for  the first time  since Wednesday's  disappointing loss to the Indiana
 "They  play hard no  matter who they play, no matter who they dress, no matter
 who  they put in  the game," Pistons coach John Loyer said of the Heat. "Their
 second  unit had some  separation and when they brought their group back in to
 end  the second  quarter, they had huge  separation. The game went from a one,
 two-point  game to a  six-point game and then a 15-point game at the half. You
 can't do that against a quality team like this."
 The  Pistons  have won all  three meetings this  season against the Sixers and
 four  in a row  overall. Philadelphia has won three of their last five at home
 against Detroit.
 03/29 08:41:47 ET