NBA world reacts as Pistons suffer record-tying 28th straight loss in crushing fashion

After breaking the single-season NBA record for longest losing streak, the Pistons have now matched the league record for consecutive losses overall

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The Detroit Pistons had a prime opportunity to pull off the unimaginable on Thursday night.

On the brink of matching the longest overall losing streak in NBA history, Detroit raced out to a 21-point first-half advantage over the league-best Celtics at TD Garden in Boston.



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While Boston erased Detroit's 19-point halftime lead in the third quarter, the Pistons didn't allow the C's to run away with the game in the fourth. Both teams made buckets inside the final 10 seconds of regulation as the game went into overtime.

But in the extra period, the Celtics put the Pistons' upset hopes to bed, securing a 128-122 victory.

The crushing road defeat gives the Pistons 28 consecutive losses, tied for the longest overall losing streak in league history. The Philadelphia 76ers also lost 28 straight from the end of the 2014-15 season into the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign.

The Pistons previously broke the single-season NBA record for consecutive losses on Tuesday when they suffered their 27th straight defeat at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets.

Here's how the NBA world reacted to Detroit's latest historic loss:

Detroit, which hasn't won a game since Oct. 28, will now have to beat the Toronto Raptors at home on Saturday to avoid a record-breaking 29th straight loss.

“I’m not interested in just winning one more game this year -- you know what I mean? To stop this. That would be soft, in my opinion,” Pistons guard Cade Cunningham said.

“Our goals are a lot higher than that. We have what it takes to win a game, that’s nothing. But to put games together, to find our system, find what’s clicking and allow us to sustain winning. That’s all we’re looking for.”

The now-2-29 Pistons also find themselves in danger of recording one of the worst seasons in league history. The 1972-73 Sixers own the record for most losses (73), the 1947-48 Providence Steam Rollers own the record for fewest wins (6) and the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats own the record for worst winning percentage (.106).

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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