Pistons fall to Nets, set single-season record with 27th straight loss

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DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons set an NBA single-season record with their 27th straight loss Tuesday night as Cam Johnson scored 24 points and Mikal Bridges added 21 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 118-112 victory.

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Cade Cunningham scored 41 points, but the Pistons broke a tie with the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers hold the overall mark at 28, a skid that started in the 2014-15 season and carried over into 2015-16.

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Cunningham scored 37 in the second half and shot 15-for-21 from the field, but Bojan Bogdanovic was the only other Pistons player with more than 15.

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Nic Claxton and Day’Ron Sharpe each added double-doubles for the Nets, who beat the Pistons for the second straight game.

Dorian Finney-Smith’s three-pointer capped a 13-0 run that put the Nets up 105-97 with 4:53 to play. Cunningham missed a pair of free throws, but came back with a three-pointer and a three-point play to pull Detroit within 109-106 with 1:54 left.

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After Johnson’s three-pointer, a pair of layups from Cunningham made it 112-10. Finney-Smith, though, hit a baseline three to put the Nets up 115-110 with 38 seconds left.

Alec Burks missed a three-pointer and the Nets clinched the game from the free-throw line as fans chanted, “Sell the team! Sell the team!”


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Brooklyn took an 11-point lead early in the third quarter, but the Pistons responded with an 11-0 run to tie the game at 71. Cunningham scored 18 of Detroit’s 31 points in the period, keeping Detroit within 88-85 going into the fourth.

The Pistons started the game with a 22-8 run, giving hope to a large crowd, but the Nets outscored them 53-32 in the rest of the first half.

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