NEW YORK – The Pistons gamers sat in shocked silence in a single nook of the locker room and stared blankly into area in one other.
The worst basketball of their lives now ranks as one of many worst in NBA historical past.
Detroit tied the league report for longest shedding streak in a single season, falling 126-115 to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday evening for its twenty sixth straight loss.
“None of us have ever skilled this,” heart Isaiah Stewart mentioned. “That is most likely the toughest factor we have all gone by means of, particularly since we had been within the execs.”
The Pistons joined the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers in falling to 2-27 of their first season underneath Monty Williams. They had been within the recreation within the second half earlier than the Nets put them away on a 15–0 run to open a 21-point lead and guarantee Detroit would stay winless since October 28.
The groups meet once more Tuesday evening in Detroit, with the Pistons closing in on the longest skid in league historical past. The 76ers misplaced 28 straight video games from late within the 2014-15 season by means of early 2015-16.
“Everybody desires to win, everybody hates to lose, so it is arduous,” guard Cade Cunningham mentioned. “We additionally should be sensible. We won’t hold saying the identical issues again and again as if we’ll get the following one. There must be an motion plan, so we’re attempting to determine that out.”
Mikal Bridges had 29 factors, seven assists and 6 rebounds for the Nets, who posted seven gamers in double figures and snapped their five-game shedding streak. Cam Thomas scored 20 factors.
The Nets shot 52% from the sphere and confirmed loads of power of their second evening of back-to-back video games after shedding to the NBA champion Denver Nuggets on Friday. They bought some simple baskets because of the Pistons, with 14 turnovers scoring 22 factors.
Williams mentioned he did not really feel their poor play led to dangerous luck for the Pistons.
“We have had loads of robust breaks this 12 months, however I attempt not to take a look at life that method. It simply occurs,” he mentioned. “If you happen to flip it over fourteen instances, you do not count on 22 factors, however it occurs. These dwell turnovers, it is a basketball demise for possessions, and we have had loads of that this 12 months.
The Pistons had been inside two factors halfway by means of the third quarter earlier than a fast seven straight factors from the Nets pushed the lead again to 9. It was nonetheless solely 88-82 with lower than three minutes remaining, however Royce O’Neale made a 3-pointer and Day’Ron Sharpe adopted with consecutive baskets for a 10-0 end within the interval that tied the rating to 98-82.
Thomas scored the primary 5 of the fourth quarter to make it 103-82, giving the Nets their largest lead.
Jaden Ivey scored 23 factors for the Pistons, who began 2-1 of their first season underneath Williams earlier than their freefall towards infamy. Cunningham completed with 22 factors after being restricted to simply 11 minutes within the first half on three fouls.
Williams, Phoenix’s 2021-2022 NBA Coach of the Yr, mentioned earlier than the sport that he was in charge. However the larger drawback may very well be a roster whose common age is slightly below 25 years previous, making the Pistons one of many youngest groups within the league.
They make too many errors (most within the league at 22.8 per recreation) and switch it over too usually (twenty ninth, at 16.6 per recreation) and easily have not been capable of overcome the mixture of errors.
Nets ahead Cam Johnson, who performed for Williams with Bridges in Phoenix, believes his former coach can construct a contender together with his new crew.
“I instructed them, a number of the younger guys on the crew, after the sport that typically it’s a must to lose earlier than you may win, typically it’s a must to fall earlier than you crawl, and it’s a must to stroll earlier than you may run,” Johnson mentioned.
Detroit began off with a couple of good possessions by leaping out to a 6-0 lead, however then bought careless and turned the sport over six instances within the first quarter. The Nets cashed that in for 11 factors, which was the margin because the quarter ended with Brooklyn forward 32-21.
The Pistons performed higher within the second quarter, however had been solely capable of shut the deficit by two factors, trailing 65-56 on the break.