Here are a handful of statistical tidbits to help get you through your day:
>>> The good news is that Sixers head to New York Wednesday to play the Knicks, who have lost 17 consecutive games . . . The bad news is that twice in their history the Sixers have lost to a team on a 17-game losing streak . . . On Feb. 18, 1969 -- despite 34 points and 27 rebounds from Wilt Chamberlain -- visiting Philadelphia dropped a 111-106 decision to the expansion San Diego Rockets, who had lost 17 on a row.It was the Sixers’ third game in three days, including a double-overtimer the night before in Los Angeles . . . And on Dec. 10, 1997 -- in Allen Iverson’s second season -- the Sixers blew an 18-point second-quarter lead and lost, 104-97, to the visiting Toronto Raptors.
>>> Before this season, no Flyer had played 30 minutes in a regular season game since April 15, 2013 (Luke Schenn, 32:51) . . . Now, defenseman Ivan Provorov has done it twice in two weeks -- 30:19 Tuesday night and 30:20 in a Jan. 31 overtime win at Boston.
>>> The last time Villanova lost consecutive Big East regular season games was Feb. 25/March 3, 2013 . . . Since then, the Wildcats are 13-0 in Big East games following a conference loss . . . They host Providence Wednesday after dropping a heart-breaker Saturday at Marquette.
>>> Dating back to his last attempt in the DePaul game on Jan. 30, Phil Booth is 4-for-23 on three-pointers . . . At one point over a four-game stretch earlier this season (Jan. 8-22), he had made 16 of 28 three-point attempts.