It has been a rough season for the Philadelphia 76ers. Well, that is putting it lightly. But after a campaign that has seemingly gone from bad to worse with every passing game, the franchise enjoyed a rare night of success on Tuesday as they picked up their tenth.
It meant the 2015-16 season would not go down as the worst in NBA history. The Sixers moved one game ahead of their own record from 1972-73 where they went 9-73.
The 107-93 success over the New Orleans Pelicans was their first victory in 13 outings and their seventh win at the Wells Fargo Center in 39 games this campaign.
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The supporters definitely made the most of it, and there was a funny moment for Carl Landry as he stepped up for two free throws with just over a minute remaining in the game.
Having shot nine of ten from the field for his game-high 22 points, including a 100 percent success rate from three-point land on his two attempts, Landry went to the line where a spattering of fans in the arena began to chant 'MVP, MVP, MVP'. See it here.
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In a season of struggle, it was good to see the supporters still had a sense of humour and Landry admitted it definitely put a smile on his face.
As per the Sixers' official website, he said: “I was like, ‘What? MVP? Me?’. It was funny. It definitely put a smile on my face and makes me feel good. Every time I step out there on the floor, I’m playing for myself and for my family.
"But for the name on the front of our jerseys. Philadelphia, the city of Philadelphia, and our fans. It definitely made me feel good that the fans of Philly, blue-collar people, a majority of them, appreciate the effort I put in each and every day."
Landry has played 36 games for the Sixers this season and is averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. The outing against the Pelicans saw him record his highest shooting percentage of the campaign, and he said it just felt like a good night.
“Once, I think it was about my sixth or seventh shot (his seventh), the ball hit the rim, then hit the top of the backboard, then fell back in," he said. "And I’m like, ‘Aw man, this is nice. Let’s keep shooting it,’”
“I was like, ‘What? MVP? Me?’. It was funny. It definitely put a smile on my face and makes me feel good."
The 32-year-old also insisted the tenth win was very important to the team as they didn't want to go down as the worst ever.
"Without a doubt," he said. "We hear it everywhere we go. Turn on the radio it's there, turn on the TV, from fans, across the city. We didn't want to be a part of that."