The Philadelphia 76ers edged closer to another chapter of NBA infamy on Monday, crashing 100-95 to the Minnesota Timberwolves to leave them just one defeat away from the worst losing streak in history.

The 76ers are now 0-15 for the season, and combined with a run of 10 straight defeats last year have lost 25 games in a row.

One more defeat will see them match the all-time record of 26 straight losses, which the 76ers 2013-14 team currently shares with the Cleveland Cavaliers side of 2010-11.

Three more defeats will take them to 0-18, equalling the worst ever start to an NBA season, set by the New Jersey Nets in 2009-2010. On current form, few would bet against them reaching that landmark.  

The 76ers next travel to Boston on Wednesday before heading to Houston on Friday. A further road trip match against Memphis awaits on Sunday, before they return home to face the Los Angeles Lakers next week.

Andrew Wiggins was the 76ers nemesis on Monday, pouring on 32 points as the Timberwolves rallied to secure their first home win of the season.

Gorgui Dieng and Zach LaVine added 12 points each for Minnesota, who fought back from a double-digit deficit in the first half and six in the fourth quarter to close out victory.

Rookie Jahlil Okafor was a rare beacon amid the gloom for the 76ers, adding 25 points in vain. – Agence France-Presse

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