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76ers-Jazz Preview

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After losing by a total of 88 points on consecutive nights in California, the Philadelphia 76ers would like to forget what happened in the first two games of this brief trip.

However, their recent history in Salt Lake City has been just as forgettable.

The Atlantic Division-worst 76ers hope to avoid yet another rout - and their longest losing streak since 2009 - Wednesday night against the Northwest-worst Utah Jazz.

Following a 123-78 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Sunday, Philadelphia (15-38) figured it couldn't get much worse than a game in which it trailed by 56 points in the third quarter.

It almost did, though, as the 76ers fell behind by 49 in the fourth en route to a 123-80 defeat at Golden State on Monday.

''You just look up at the scoreboard and see a lot of points. I really don't know,'' forward Evan Turner said. ''We're in the game at one point."

Philadelphia came close to matching the NBA mark for the largest total margin of defeat in consecutive games, recorded when Detroit lost by 95 points combined in November 1966.

Now the 76ers look to avoid the league-record 109-point margin of defeat in a three-game stretch, set by Dallas on the way to an 11-71 record in 1992-93.

Philadelphia, though, has dropped eight straight and 22 of its last 24 visits to Utah.

''Don't anybody feel sorry for us,'' coach Brett Brown said. ''We will wake up and be (OK) tomorrow.''

In the finale of this three-game trip, Brown's squad will try to avoid its first eight-game losing streak since a 12-game slide more than five years ago with its first win in Salt Lake City since January 2005.

The Jazz (18-33) seek their first three-game winning streak of the season after a surprising 94-89 victory over visiting Miami on Saturday and a 96-79 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

They limited the two-time defending champs to 43.3 percent shooting - their fourth-lowest mark this season - before holding the Lakers to 10 second-quarter points and a 38.8 field-goal percentage overall.

Alec Burks led the way with 24 points while making 8 of 11 shots and Gordon Hayward chipped in with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Utah rallied back from a 15-point first-quarter deficit.

Hayward has been in a bit of a shooting slump, averaging 10.5 points on 32.3 percent shooting in his last six games. But he also scored 15 in a 107-91 home win in the most recent meeting with the 76ers on March 25.

'Tomorrow's going to be a big game,'' Hayward said. ''Obviously, Philadelphia's been beaten pretty handily the past couple of games, so they're going to come out with something to prove.''

Although the Jazz have averaged just 87.4 points over their last five games, they should be able to find open looks against a Philadelphia team that has given up 116.9 points per game over its seven straight defeats.

Offensively, the 76ers have totaled 158 points while shooting 31.6 percent - including 5 of 45 (11.1 percent) from 3-point range - in their last two.

Turner has shot 35.4 percent during the losing streak while being held to 10.9 points per game - nearly seven below his team-best 17.4 average.

Michael Carter-Williams broke out of his recent funk with 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting in Monday's loss. The rookie guard had averaged 11.7 points while shooting 30.4 percent in his previous three games.

This will be the first game between Carter-Williams and fellow lottery pick Trey Burke since their Final Four meeting in April. Both struggled in Michigan's 61-56 win over Syracuse, with Burke scoring seven points on 1-of-8 shooting and Carter-Williams two while missing five of six shots.

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