‘Detroit Pistons faced a barrage of ‘Sell the team’ chants following their crushing 25th consecutive loss’

Kelly Olynyk achieved a total of 25 points as the short-handed Utah Jazz defeated Detroit 119-111 on Thursday night, causing the Pistons to endure their 25th consecutive loss – just one away from the NBA single-season record. The 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers both hold the record at 26. However, the 76ers secured the overall mark at 28, as their losing streak extended from the 2014-15 season into the 2015-16 season.

“The words I choose must be cautious, as this defeat stings more than most,” expressed first-year coach Monty Williams. “A team that played last night managed to gain (50) points off turnovers and rebounds. It is incredibly challenging to comprehend how we could be outperformed in those areas.”

With the crowd vehemently chanting “Sell the team! Sell the team!” at the end, the Pistons’ record dropped to 2-26. This served as a loud statement to owner Tom Gores and his Platinum Equity firm. Detroit is scheduled to compete once again on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

“There is no way we are as bad as our 2-26 record suggests,” stated Cade Cunningham, who led Detroit with 28 points and 10 assists. “I believe we can turn this situation around. We have the potential to play a much more superior style of basketball.”

On the second night of a back-to-back after their loss in Cleveland on Wednesday, Utah was without four of its top seven scorers – Lauri Markkanen, Jordan Clarkson, Keyonte George, and Talen Horton-Tucker. Despite this, Jazz coach Will Hardy considered their win a significant team achievement.

“That was a truly exceptional team victory for us,” praised Hardy. “It’s a difficult game to play, especially on the road during the second night of a back-to-back with multiple players absent.”

Collin Sexton contributed 19 points for the Jazz while Ochai Agbaji provided 18. Jaden Ivey managed 24 points for Detroit, and Marvin Bagley III secured 22, but no other player scored more than eight.

Heading into the fourth quarter with a narrow 90-88 lead, Utah took advantage of Detroit’s poor shooting and extended their advantage to 100-93 with 7:40 remaining.

The Pistons missed their first six three-point attempts in the fourth quarter, but Bojan Bogdanovic finally connected to make it 104-100 with 4:40 left on the clock. Olynyk, who was facing his former team, successfully made a three-pointer, putting the Jazz ahead by seven. Sexton’s tip-in further increased their lead to 115-106 with 1:37 to go.

“Rebounding is something we’ve emphasized throughout the season, and it definitely constitutes a part of our offensive identity,” stated Hardy, satisfied with his team’s 15 offensive rebounds.

Sexton sealed the deal with two free throws, securing an 11-point difference.

In the fourth quarter, the Pistons struggled from beyond the arc, managing only one successful shot out of their ten attempts.

“We had an opportunity to win it in the closing stages, but we simply weren’t solid enough,” commented Cunningham. “This is a piece of history no one wants to be associated with.”

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