Pistons lose to Nets for NBA single-season record

The Detroit Pistons have made NBA history.

They became the league’s first team to lose 27 straight games in a season, falling 118-112 to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night (Wednesday AEDT).

The Nets beat the Pistons on Saturday in Brooklyn, handing them their 26th consecutive defeat to match the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers for the most losses in a row within one season.

Detroit no longer share the unwanted mark.

Next up is the overall record of 28 straight losses, set by the Sixers from late in the 2014-15 season through early 2015-16.

At least matching the record seems likely with a game on Friday (AEDT) against the NBA-leading Boston Celtics on the road.

The game against the Nets, like the season, started with some hope.

Detroit led 9-1 and had a 14-point lead in the first quarter before poor shooting, defence coupled with turnovers paved the way for Brooklyn to extend the Motor City’s misery.

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The Nets outscored the Pistons by 13 in the second period to lead 61-54 at halftime.

Cade Cunningham scored 18 of his 41 points in the third quarter and made a three-pointer early in the fourth to give Detroit a 97-92 lead.

Just as fans who nearly filled Little Caesars Arena started cheering with passion heard at a playoff game, the Nets went on a 13-0 run to take the lead for good.

Bojan Bogdanovic did score 23 points before fouling out and in the final minute, fed-up fans started to chant, “Sell the team! Sell the team!” though Pistons owner Tom Gores was not in the building to hear it.

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