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14 Interesting facts about Philadelphia 76ers

  • The Syracuse Nationals were the team's original name.

  • The Syracuse Nationals, and hence the 76ers, are one of the NBA's oldest clubs, having been created in 1946.

  • The 76ers got their moniker after the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. To determine the new name, a contest was organised.

  • This would be the franchise's 17th Game 7, with the team having a 6-10 score in the previous 16.

  • The Sixers finished the regular season with a 9-73 record, meaning they won 11% of their matches that year. That was the 76ers' poorest record in franchise history.

  • The squad has lost a Game 7 with a 3-1 series lead twice in franchise history (Conf. Finals in 1968 and 1981). They are one of just three NBA teams that have blown a 3-1 series lead twice.

  • The Sixers haven't won an NBA championship in 35 years.

  • The Philadelphia 76ers have their very own theme song. It was composed in 1975 and was inspired in part by Sesame Street.

  • Philly won four honours in the 2000-2001 season, including MVP, Sixth Man, Defensive Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year, but they still lost in the Finals.

  • The Philadelphia 76ers were the very first North American sports franchise to have an Esports squad. They purchased two teams in September 2016: Team Apex and Team Dignitas.

  • Their most recent 'winner-take-all' game was against the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Conference Semifinals, which they heartbreakingly lost due to a series-clinching buzzer-beater by Kawhi Leonard.

  • They were the first team to negotiate a shirt sponsorship arrangement with Stubhub, years even before remaining teams did.

  • When Irv Kosloff and Ike Richman acquired the team in 1963, they relocated it to Philadelphia. That filled the hole left by the Warriors' relocation to California the previous year in Philadelphia.

  • For the 76ers' highest-paid players, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris, this will be their second career Game 7, the first being a heartbreaking loss in Toronto in 2019.

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