Henry Sims began the 2013-14 campaign as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He appeared in 20 games for Cleveland, averaging 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 8.4 minutes of work on a nightly basis. The Georgetown product played his last game for the Wine and Gold on February 19. He was then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with Earl Clark, in exchange for Spencer Hawes.
Since arriving in Philadelphia, Sims has capitalized on the opportunity he’s had to improve his NBA resume. Despite the losing in Philly, Sims has increased his production to averages of 10.5 points and 6.9 rebounds while also making 16 starts.
As the starting center on Saturday for coach Brett Brown’s club, Sims exceeded those numbers by totaling 16 points in 27 minutes to go along with seven rebounds and one assist. In the process, he helped his new team snap their 26-game losing streak by earning a 123-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
The 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers will remain tied at 26 games with the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the longest losing streak in NBA history as a result.
Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams paced the Sixers on Saturday with 21 points each. Hollis Thompson and Elliot Williams also joined Sims in double-figures with 14 and 13, respectively. Greg Monroe led the visiting Pistons with 20, while Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings accounted for a total of six in the loss.
The Sixers led by 19 at halftime before snapping the streak with a 25-point victory.
The Night The Streak Was Snapped In Cleveland
February 11, 2011 – In an attempt to snap their 26-game losing streak, the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled out a starting lineup that featured Ramon Sessions, Anthony Parker, Christian Eyenga, Antawn Jamison and J.J. Hickson.
Coach Byron Scott was afforded the opportunity to bring Daniel Gibson, Jamario Moon and Ryan Hollins off the bench as key reserves. Mo Williams also played 30 minutes that night as a member of the Cavs’ second unit.
The visiting Los Angeles Clippers countered with Baron Davis, Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. After four quarters of hard-fought NBA action, the two teams were deadlocked at 110. During the extra session, the Cavaliers scored 16 points while only allowing the visitors to add nine. Cleveland would eventually escape with a 126-119 OT win.
The streak was finally over.
Antawn Jamison balled out with a game-high 35 points in 44 minutes to lead the way for the Cavs. His efforts were aided by a monster night from J.J. Hickson, who finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds. While defending Griffin late in the contest, The Hickson also did this.
For some reason, the arena was electric that night. Williams and Gibson each added 17 points to the delight of the home crowd. Sessions scored 12, and my man Skyenga kicked in six points and four rebounds to go along with some stellar defense while earning the start at small forward.
Griffin countered with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Davis threw in 26 for the bad guys, too, but it wasn’t enough.
The Cavs won. The streak was over. And for one night, everything was awesome again.
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