CHICAGO — The Philadelphia 76ers’ long losing streak continued and so did their march toward the wrong kind of record.
Joakim Noah finished with 20 points, Jimmy Butler scored 17, and the Chicago Bulls handed Philadelphia its 24th straight loss, winning 91-81 Saturday night and sending the 76ers within two of the NBA record.
The Sixers moved ahead of the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Denver Nuggets (1997-98) and Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12) for the second-longest, single-season losing streak.
The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped 26 during the 2010-11 season, and Philadelphia would have to pull off an upset to avoid tying that.
PELICANS 105, HEAT 95: Anthony Davis had 30 points, 11 rebounds and three steals as host New Orleans handed struggling Miami its seventh loss in 11 games.
LeBron James twisted his right ankle while stepping on Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans’ foot during a drive to the hoop late in the third quarter, but remained in the game and finished with 25 points
ROCKETS 118, CAVALIERS 111: James Harden scored 37 points, including 17 in the third quarter as visiting Houston led from wire-to-wire.
BOBCATS 124, TRAIL BLAZERS 94: Al Jefferson scored 28 points as Charlotte won a rout at home. Kemba Walker added 26 points and Gerald Henderson 23 for the Bobcats.
NUGGETS: Denver forward J.J. Hickson has a torn ligament in his right knee. A date for surgery to repair the ACL hasn’t been set.
Hickson is the fourth Denver player lost for the season to injury. Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Nate Robinson have all had season-ending operations.
PACERS: Andrew Bynum is out indefinitely with soreness and swelling in his right knee and said he would “continue to undergo treatment.”
Bynum signed with Indiana on Feb. 1 after being suspended in December by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
THUNDER: Russell Westbrook had an MRI and a clinical exam Saturday, and team doctors said there were no issues after Toronto’s Kyle Lowry inadvertently jumped into Westbrook near the sideline with 7:37 left in the third quarter Friday night.
WIZARDS: Drew Gooden was fined $15,000 by the NBA for attempting to throw the Lakers’ Nick Young to the floor during the Wizards’ victory Friday night.
League official Rod Thorn said Saturday that Gooden committed an unnecessary act when he clamped Young’s arm with 2:14 remaining in the game.