Pistons’ 21-point lead squandered as they suffer their 28th consecutive defeat, equaling an NBA record.

The Pistons’ 28th consecutive defeat was unlike any of the numerous previous losses, matching the NBA’s longest losing streak in history. The outcome remained the same. Detroit managed to establish a 21-point advantage against the league-leading Boston Celtics on Thursday night. In the final minutes, they rallied from a six-point deficit and forced overtime, but ultimately the Celtics prevailed with a 128-122 victory. It marked the first time this season that the Pistons held a lead of over 20 points and the first time they reached overtime since their last win two months ago.
Pistons coach Monty Williams expressed his immense pride in the team’s resilience, noting that they continue to battle despite the overwhelming criticism. He believed that their efforts would eventually pay off.
With a record of 2-29, Detroit equaled the 28-game losing streak of the Philadelphia 76ers during the “Trust the Process” era. To avoid surpassing the NBA record for the longest losing streak, the Pistons must secure a victory against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.
Among major North American sports, only the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals hold a longer losing streak, having lost 29 consecutive games from 1942-1945.
Pistons guard Cade Cunningham, who scored 22 points in the first half, acknowledged that the team’s objective extends beyond winning just one more game to end the streak. He emphasized the importance of finding consistency, refining their system, and sustaining a winning mentality.
Boston staged a comeback from a 21-point deficit in the second quarter, mounting a 19-5 run in the third quarter to narrow the gap to one point. Kristaps Porzingis played a crucial role, contributing eight of his season-high 35 points during a 10-0 run in the final two minutes of regulation. This gave the Celtics a 106-100 lead.
Detroit’s Jaden Ivey stepped up with six consecutive points to tie the game. Jayson Tatum’s layup, confirmed through a goaltending call, provided Boston with a slight edge. However, Bojan Bogdanovic capitalized on Cunningham’s missed three-pointer with a putback that forced the game into overtime.
In the extra period, Derrick White took charge for Boston by scoring 10 of his 23 points, while Porzingis contributed six points. His notable plays included a dunk following a full-court pass from Tatum and sinking two free throws, ultimately sealing the score at 125-117 in favor of the Celtics.
Williams conveyed his empathy for the team’s disappointment but assured them that their performance, coupled with improved execution and reduced turnovers, would not only result in one win but lead to a sustained winning streak.
For Boston, Tatum delivered an impressive performance with 31 points and 10 assists. This victory marked their fourth consecutive win and their ninth triumph in the last 10 games. With an unmatched home record of 15-0, the Celtics currently possess the best overall record in the league at 24-6.
Cunningham, who scored 31 points and provided nine assists, expressed his belief that the Pistons can compete against any team in the NBA. He emphasized the team’s ability to fight and impose their will, regardless of the opponent. Despite faltering in the third quarter, he acknowledged the potential for growth and the valuable lessons they can carry into their next game.
Ivey achieved an impressive double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Jalen Duren contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds. Bogdanovich also made a significant impact with 17 points and 12 boards.
On Tuesday night, the Pistons set the NBA record for most consecutive losses in a single season with their 27th defeat, a 118-112 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The 76ers’ record spans two seasons, from 2014-15 to 2015-16.

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