Pistons blow lead vs. Celtics, lose 28th straight to tie longest streak in NBA history

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It was almost a infinitesimal made for a movie.

The NBA’s worst team, losers of 27 consecutive games, takes connected nan NBA’s champion squad connected its location court, a spot it hasn’t mislaid each season, and slays nan dragon, some figuratively and literally.

It would person been an inspirational movie for nan ages.

Instead, Detroit, nan NBA’s worst team, recovered itself successful different scary film, but this 1 had a sick, sick twist.

The Pistons fell to nan Celtics connected Thursday nighttime 128-122 successful overtime aft starring by 19 points astatine halftime. The franchise is now tied for nan longest losing streak successful NBA history (over 2 seasons) astatine 28. Detroit didn’t do thing peculiarly different done nan first 24 minutes. Cade Cunningham made shots for illustration he has been, nan defense was OK and nan Pistons still turned nan shot complete measurement excessively much. Boston, though, changeable a horrid 39 percent from nan section and 17 percent from 3 while turning nan shot complete 10 times. It was nan first clip successful a agelong clip that it felt for illustration an opposing squad changeable poorly against Detroit.



How did nan Pistons get here? And wherever do they spell next?

Once nan Celtics tied nan crippled to extremity nan 3rd quarter, it was a back-and-forth conflict nan remainder of nan way. The Pistons concisely trailed by six points precocious successful nan 4th fourth but showed immoderate poise precocious successful nan crippled to not crumble successful crunch clip for illustration they person astir of nan season.

Detroit had respective opportunities to return a lead pinch seconds remaining successful nan 4th quarter, but veterans Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks — some of whom sprout amended than 38 percent from 3 for their careers — missed aggregate wide-open looks.

The Celtics had a two-point lead pinch 4.8 seconds near erstwhile Bogdanovic cleaned up a Cunningham missed 3-point attempt. Tatum missed a changeable astatine nan extremity of regularisation that led to overtime.



How nan Celtics won ‘toughest crippled of nan year’ successful OT to widen Pistons’ streak

In nan other period, Boston looked for illustration a squad that had played successful aggravated moments before, making shots and playing without mistakes. The Pistons changeable nether 40 percent from nan section and were 1-for-6 from 3.

Detroit will look nan Toronto Raptors astatine location connected Saturday to effort and debar nonaccomplishment No. 29.

Required reading

  • Pistons’ historical losing streak isn’t each Monty Williams’ fault. In fact, he shouldn’t beryllium location astatine all
  • How nan Detroit Pistons, 1 of nan NBA’s astir storied franchises, cratered successful 15 years
  • Pistons proprietor Tom Gores Q&A: On authorities of franchise, imaginable changes: ‘We person a problem’
  • Want your NBA squad to rebuild? Take a good, agelong look astatine nan Pistons first
  • Longest losing streaks successful sports history: What pantheon of ineptitude could Pistons beryllium joining?

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