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76ers' skid reaches 25 games, one shy of NBA record

By Raul Dominguez

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 9:10 a.m. MDT

Philadelphia's early success awoke the Spurs and brought out the best in Daye. His athleticism and energy were just what San Antonio needed after a listless start.

"He's a skilled guy," Popovich said. "Obviously he can shoot it. But he's also a good passer. He knows how to play the game. It was good to be able to get him some time tonight."

San Antonio went on a 26-5 spurt bridging the first and second quarters, capped by a 19-0 run.

Daye first ran down Carter-Williams, swatting his layup attempt from behind, leading to Leonard's driving layup for a 23-19 lead with 3 minutes left in the opening quarter.

Mullens' 3-pointer snapped a 6½-minute drought, but the Spurs were up 45-27 with 6:35 left in the first half.

Daye then stole an outlet pass on the run, driving directly at a backpedalling Mullens on a 3-on-1 break. Daye faked a behind-the-back pass to Duncan on the left and dished to Joseph on the right, who fed an open Duncan for a layup and a 47-27 lead.

"In my opinion, that's how you play the game," Brown said. "So what you see is a system born out of many, many years of corporate knowledge where the winks and the blinks and the wrinkles and subtle nuances (allow them to) understand each other's tendencies, and the offense shines.

"It's not just a byproduct of good players or a great coach. It's a decade worth of corporate knowledge. That's what you aspire to get to."

The lopsided victory did little to satiate the Spurs or Popovich, who are hoping to return to the NBA Finals after falling to Miami last season in a seven-game series.

"We're playing well through this stretch and winning some games," Duncan said. "Pop is still not satisfied, obviously, with what we're doing. We want to stay healthy. We want to stay moving in the right direction.

"Hopefully we can ride this into the playoffs and feel good going into the playoffs."

It's a bigger-picture mentality Brown has already instilled in the 76ers, if they are looking at it from a completely different perspective given their run of futility.

"I'm not really worried about the streak and what people talk about it," Carter-Williams said. "We're just worried about getting better each and every day. Of course we want to go out there and win a ball game. But we just have to keep getting better and hopefully a win will come."

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