Pistons and Wizards face off in losing streak battle | WGN 720 radio
The Detroit Pistons have the worst record in the NBA and the longest losing streak. They may have hit rock bottom with their second-half performance on Monday, when they ceded an 18-point lead to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Detroit was outscored 42-22 in the fourth quarter by an opponent who lost 73 points, an NBA record, in his previous outing. The Pistons will lead a nine-game losing streak Wednesday in their home game against Washington.
Washington is entering on a three-game slide, which is paltry compared to the Pistons’ struggle throughout the season – Detroit has won four games in the NBA and is on its way to securing another high lottery pick.
“It’s a growing pain,” Pistons forward Saddiq Bey said. “Trying to learn how to finish all four quarters. This is something that we are trying to get through. It is a challenge for us.
The starting lineup for Detroit is made up of 2021 No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham, three sophomores and forward Jerami Grant. The Pistons appeared to end their losing streak against Oklahoma City after scoring 37 points in the first quarter and leading by 18 in the second.
They couldn’t get away and the Thunder rallied in the final quarter, taking the lead with a 13-0 explosion.
“We have to play 48 minutes of basketball. We didn’t, ”Cunningham said. “Just lock in the game plan and stick to it the whole game. I felt there were some pushes that we sort of freestyle and didn’t perform what we were supposed to be doing.
The defense collapsed completely, as the Thunder managed all but two of their 19 fourth quarter field goal attempts in the final 12 minutes.
“Very revealing to be a young team,” said coach Dwane Casey. “Until we find out it’s a 48-minute game, play possession by possession… there was a streak in the third quarter with like four, five turnovers in a row. We had done a great job in the first half to take care of it. Until we chain it, we will often feel this. “
Cunningham recorded his best statistical night of the season with 28 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, but also committed six turnovers.
The Wizards, fifth, lost 116-110 in Indiana on Monday despite 34 points from Bradley Beal. The All-Star Guardian hadn’t hit the 20-point mark in his previous four games.
“I found a bit of rhythm tonight; I hope I will continue, ”said Beal. “But the only thing that matters is winning. Yeah, I found my rhythm, which is a step in the right direction, but at the same time we are (4-6) in the last 10 games. It is a step in the wrong direction.
The Pacers shot 52.4% from the field for the game and led by 10 after the first quarter. The Wizards have never led by more than three points during the competition.
Indiana scored 21 points on Washington’s turnovers.
“It’s tough because, with a double-digit deficit in the first quarter, you are now fighting throughout the game,” said Wizards first-year coach Wes Unseld Jr. business, obviously, some of them are controllable. … You can’t fight, especially on the road.
This will be the first of four meetings between clubs in the Eastern Conference. They will play the second game of the series in February and twice more in March.
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