The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Detroit Pistons in a 130-124 score on Monday which led to the Pistons 24th straight loss.
Trae Young achieved 31 points and 15 assists in the game, marking his fourth consecutive 30-point performance and his 16th double-double of the season. Despite a career-high 43-point display from Detroit’s Cade Cunningham, Young’s outstanding play was crucial.
Although the Pistons narrowed the gap to 129-124 with 19 seconds remaining, they were unable to draw any closer after being down by 14 early in the fourth quarter.
The defeat puts Detroit within two games of tying the NBA record for the longest losing streak in a single season, a record shared by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers’ streak extended to 28 games, spanning from the 2014-15 season into the 2015-16 season, while the Cavaliers endured a 24-game losing streak between the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.
In the game, Atlanta received significant contributions with 21 points from former Piston Saddiq Bey and 20 points from Dejounte Murray. Despite earlier concerns about knee injuries, both De’Andre Hunter and Clint Capela had productive performances, with Hunter scoring 19 points and Capela contributing 17 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks.
Bojan Bogdanovic of Detroit contributed 25 points, while Marvin Bagley III scored 17.
Atlanta had a strong start, making their initial five 3-point attempts and converting 9 out of 12 in the first quarter. By the end of the period, the Hawks had established a 38-25 lead.
Although a basket by Bey extended the lead to 47-31 in the second quarter, the Pistons responded with a 13-4 run, reducing the margin to seven points after a 3-pointer from Bogdanovic. At halftime, Atlanta maintained a 61-52 lead.
Detroit narrowed the five points with an early third-quarter fastbreak dunk by Cunningham. In response, Atlanta called a timeout and then outscored the Pistons 17-6. A 3-pointer by Bey extended the Hawks’ lead to 16 points, and they entered the fourth quarter with a 96-84 advantage.
Atlanta has secured victories in six consecutive matchups against Detroit, including two this season, and has also won six straight games against the Pistons in Atlanta. The teams are scheduled to face each other for the final time this season on April 3 in Atlanta.