Everything you need to know about Pistons’ losing streak

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The Detroit Pistons find themselves on the cusp of an undesirable NBA record as they struggle through a challenging phase in the 2023-24 season. While the team exhibited promise initially by securing victories against the Hornets and Bulls, their performance took a sharp downturn afterward, resulting in an unprecedented losing streak of 26 consecutive games. It’s been nearly two months since the Pistons last celebrated a triumph.

This prolonged streak places the Pistons in a tie for the longest single-season losing streak in NBA history. They currently share this dubious distinction with two other teams. However, Detroit is teetering dangerously close to surpassing this unwanted milestone, being just two losses away from breaking the all-time record, which spanned across multiple seasons.

To contextualize this predicament, the Philadelphia 76ers hold the record for the longest losing streak in NBA history, enduring 28 consecutive losses that bridged the end of the 2014-15 season and the start of the 2015-16 season. Notably, the Pistons now find themselves in the company of the 2010-11 Cavaliers, the 2013-14 76ers, and their current plight in the 2023-24 season, all sharing the ignominy of a 26-game single-season losing streak.

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The looming challenge for the Pistons is to break free from this unenviable streak and reverse their fortunes before etching their name in the annals of NBA history for the wrong reasons.

 

Here are the longest losing streaks in NBA history:

Rank Team Year Losing streak
1 Philadelphia 76ers 2015* 28
2 Cleveland Cavaliers 2010-11 26
Philadelphia 76ers 2014 26
Detroit Pistons 2023 26
5 Cleveland Cavaliers 1982* 24
6 Charlotte Bobcats 2012 23
Denver Nuggets 1997-98 23
Vancouver Grizzlies 1996 23
9 Detroit Pistons 1980* 21
10 Houston Rockets 2021 20
LA Clippers 1994* 20
Dallas Mavericks 1993 20
New York Knicks 1985* 20
Philadelphia 76ers 1973 20

 

Pistons schedule 2023-24

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV channel
Dec. 26 vs. Nets 7 p.m.
Dec. 28 at Celtics 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Dec. 30 vs. Raptors 6 p.m.
Jan. 1 at Rockets 8 p.m.

When did the Pistons’ losing streak begin?

Date Opponent Result Streak
Oct. 30 at Thunder L, 124-112 1
Nov. 1 vs. Trail Blazers L, 110-101 2
Nov. 2 at Pelicans L, 125-116 3
Nov. 5 vs. Suns L, 120-106 4
Nov. 6 vs. Warriors L, 120-109 5
Nov. 8 at Bucks L, 120-118 6
Nov. 10 vs. 76ers L, 114-106 7
Nov. 12 at Bulls L, 119-108 8
Nov. 14 vs. Hawks L, 126-120 9
Nov. 17 at Cavaliers L, 108-100 10
Nov. 19 at Raptors L, 142-113 11
Nov. 20 vs. Nuggets L, 107-103 12
Nov. 24 at Pacers L, 136-113 13
Nov. 27 vs. Wizards L, 126-107 14
Nov. 29 vs. Lakers L, 133-107 15
Nov. 30 at Knicks L, 118-112 16
Dec. 2 vs. Cavaliers L, 110-101 17
Dec. 6 vs. Grizzlies L, 116-102 18
Dec. 8 at Magic L, 123-91 19
Dec. 11 vs. Pacers L, 131-123 20
Dec. 13 vs. 76ers L, 129-111 21
Dec. 15 at 76ers L, 124-92 22
Dec. 16 at Bucks L, 146-114 23
Dec. 18 at Hawks L, 130-124 24
Dec. 21 vs. Jazz L, 119-111 25
Dec. 23 at Nets L, 126-115 26