NBA: Warriors extend unbeaten streak but 76ers lose 27th successive game

Stephen Curry during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns on Nov 27, 2015.
Stephen Curry during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns on Nov 27, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Golden State guard Stephen Curry scored 41 points and made nine three-pointers on Friday. This, as the Warriors extended their unbeaten streak to start the season to an NBA-record 17 games in a 135-116 victory over the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Reserve guard Leandro Barbosa had 21 points and made all five of his three-point attempts for the Warriors (17-0), who set the National Basketball Association record for consecutive victories at the start of the season in their previous game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Curry, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, made a season-high nine three-pointers and added eight assists and six rebounds. He made nine of 16 three-point attempts and has made a three in 90 straight regular-season games.

Warriors forward Draymond Green had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season, and guard Klay Thompson had 15 points and three three-pointers.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers etched their name into the records book when they suffered a 114-116 loss to the Houston Rockets for their 27th consecutive defeat - the worst losing streak in major North American sport.

The 76ers lost their final 10 games last season to finish 18-64 and have now dropped their first 17 games this season. They lost their first 17 games last season as well.

The 27-game overall losing streak not only is the worst in the National Basketball Association, but also the longest among the four major North American team sports.

The previous mark was 26 successive defeats by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (1976-77). The Buccaneers streak, however, was somewhat mitigated in that it come at the very start of the franchise's existence.

The 76ers, on the other hand, are a storied franchise with three NBA championships and a list of famous players including Charles Barkley, Moses Malone and Julius Irving.

But they have traded away some of their best players over the past few years, while squirrelling away future draft picks to rebuild the team.