PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers ended the longest losing streak in the history of major professional sports in the United States by topping the Los Angeles Lakers 103-91 on Tuesday night to snap a 28-game skid.
The Sixers had lost their first 18 games of this season, which matched the record for worst start in NBA history. They had dropped 28 straight dating to last season, which set the mark for longest losing streak among the four major U.S. sports leagues.
Against the Lakers, the Sixers won for the first time since March 25, 2015.
Lakers star Kobe Bryant scored 20 points on 7-of-26 shooting in the final game of his career in his hometown. He walked off to a standing ovation and chants of "Kobe! Kobe!"
PHILADELPHIA -- Kobe Bryant has spent 20 seasons in purple and gold, but before embarking on a Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers, he envisioned himself playing for his hometown Philadelphia 76ers.
"When I was in high school, I hoped to be a Sixer," Bryant said before his team's 103-91 loss to the 76ers on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center. "I was always hoping that. But at the time, [Allen] Iverson was such a, such a force ... but it was always a dream of mine to play in Philadelphia.
"But once that didn't happen, my childhood ambitions of being a Los Angeles Laker was actual reality -- this can actually happen. Once I became a Laker, I was never going to look back. But in high school, I was like, 'Philadelphia is struggling. There's a chance I could play for the Sixers.' But it never happened, so I had to settle for my childhood dream, which was to be a Laker."
Bryant's father, Joe Bryant, played for the 76ers, and Kobe Bryant attended Lower Merion High School in suburban Philadelphia. One of his five NBA championships came against the Sixers in 2001.
Bryant had a message for the Philly fans ahead of his final NBA game in the city: "Thank you for everything. It's such a beautiful thing. I was just driving around last night, going to all the parks I used to play in, just driving by them. You see so many familiar faces, and you just kind of think about how fast time went. I'm very appreciative and very thankful for everyone -- those who supported, those who didn't. It was all just part of the entire journey."