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76ers finally snap 23-game road losing streak


AP
1:15 a.m. EST December 9, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ersan Ilyasova sat in one locker room, both feet in ice buckets as he soaked in the afterglow of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first road victory in nearly 11 months.

Down the hall, Pelicans forward Anthony Davis sat in his locker, a black hood pulled up over his head, staring at nothing and clearly conveying his disgust without saying much at all.

New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry had a little more to say, even uttering an expletive in response to a question about his job status.

Ilyasova scored 23 points, Sergio Rodriguez added 16, and the 76ers snapped a franchise record-tying 23-game road losing streak, beating reeling New Orleans 99-88 on Thursday night.

The victory was a gratifying one for Philadelphia coach Brett Brown, who contends his team has been improving, only to come up short in close games.

“We’ve been trending that way,” Brown said. “We just haven’t had a win to validate it.”

The Pelicans became the first team to lose at home to the Sixers (5-18) since last season, when…

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