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Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young goes up for two of this 21 points against Detroit’s Josh Smith.

76ers top Pistons, end losing streak

– Desperate to see a victory again, Philadelphia fans wouldn’t even wait for the end, standing to cheer as time was running out in the third quarter.

By then it was clear: The 76ers were going to win for the first time in two months, and they were going to do it with ease.

The 76ers snapped their NBA record-tying, 26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 on Saturday night to avoid establishing the longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history.

“It’s not something I want to be a part of,” 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams said, “so it’s great that we got this win.”

Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young each scored 21 points for the 76ers, who won for the first time since beating Boston exactly two months ago and did it impressively, leading by as much as 32 points. They also ended an 18-game home losing streak, which was one shy of another NBA record.

Beaten badly a number of times during their skid, the 76ers got to experience life on the other side, ringing up a season-high 70 points in the first half.

Their 26 straight losses equaled the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and also the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dropped 26 straight from Sept. 12, 1976 to Dec. 4, 1977.

“We were just happy to get a win,” Young said. “I don’t think it was for the streak or anything like that, we just wanted to go out there and win a basketball game and continue to just play.”

CLIPPERS 118, ROCKETS 107: In Houston, Chris Paul had 30 points and 12 assists, and Jamal Crawford added 22 points as Los Angeles clinched its third straight playoff appearance.

The loss broke a five-game winning streak for Houston.

WIZARDS 101, HAWKS 97: In Washington, John Wall scored 25 points, and Drew Gooden had 16 as Washington inched closer to its first playoff spot since 2008.

Washington entered the game needing a win and a loss by the New York Knicks today to make the playoffs.

HEAT 88, BUCKS 67: In Milwaukee, Chris Bosh scored 14 points, and LeBron James had 13 to lead Miami, which was without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers.

SPURS 96, PELICANS 80: In San Antonio, Marco Belinelli scored 18 points as San Antonio extended its winning streak to 17 games.

MAVERICKS 103, KINGS 100: In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points as Dallas rallied in the fourth quarter.