Detroit Pistons Tie NBA Record, Inches from Unwanted Legacy

Detroit Pistons Tie NBA Record, Inches from Unwanted Legacy

Witness the Detroit Pistons making history on NBA Records.

The Pistons faced another defeat on Saturday night, losing 126-115 to the Brooklyn Nets. This unfortunate outcome marked their 26th consecutive loss, tying them with the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2013-14 Process-era Philadelphia 76ers for the longest single-season losing streak in the history of the NBA.

If the Pistons lose again to the Nets in an upcoming home game on Tuesday, they will set a new record for the longest losing streak in a single NBA season. And beyond that, they’d be chasing the record.

To put it into perspective, a different version of the Process 76ers holds the current record, enduring 28 consecutive losses over two seasons (2014-15 to 15-16). The Pistons’ next challenge is on December 28, where only the East-leading Boston Celtics stand between them and the potential of setting a new benchmark for NBA losing streaks.

Nets end 5-game skid with win over Detroit Pistons

The Nets put an end to their five-game losing streak with this victory. They initially took control, opening the game with a 32-21 lead in the first quarter. However, the Pistons made a comeback, narrowing the score to 77-75 with a Jaden Ivey layup in the middle of the third quarter.

Detroit had an opportunity to seize the lead on the next possession, but Cade Cunningham’s 3-pointer didn’t find its mark. Following that, the Nets scored seven consecutive points, and the Pistons couldn’t mount a comeback from that point onward.

The Pistons displayed strong shooting, with a 49.4% accuracy from the field. However, their defense, ranked 26th in the league, struggled, allowing the Nets to shoot 52.3% from the floor on seven more attempts. The Nets also managed a 41.7% success rate from 3-point range, hitting 10 of 24 attempts. Notably, seven Nets players reached double figures, with Mikal Bridges leading the way with 29 points, seven assists, and six rebounds.

Pistons Offense Outshined by Defensive Woes in Another Loss

Despite three Pistons players surpassing the 20-point mark, including Ivey with 23 points, seven assists, and six rebounds, and Cunningham with 22 points, six assists, and three rebounds, their offensive efforts couldn’t compensate for a subpar defensive performance.

The ongoing losing streak is a disappointing landmark for the Pistons, especially considering their recent high draft picks, including the No. 1 overall selection used to acquire Cunningham in 2021. In addition to these top picks, the Pistons made a significant coaching move by signing head coach Monty Williams in March to a record-breaking six-year, $78.5 million deal—the largest coaching contract in NBA history.

Despite the investment in premium draft talent and a high-profile coaching hire, the Pistons have a challenging start to the season at 2-27. Unfortunately, there are no clear indications of a turnaround in the team shortly.

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