Trae Young stays hot with 31 points, 15 assists as Hawks hand Pistons 24th straight loss, 130-124
The Pistons lost their 24th straight game when Trae Young scored 31 points and 15 assists to help the Atlanta Hawks upset Detroit 130-124 on Monday night.
Young remarked, “I was not going to let them break their streak against us.”
Detroit's last win was Oct. 28 over Chicago. Detroit is two losses from matching the NBA's longest losing streak.
“We all want to win,” said Pistons leader Cade Cunningham, who scored 43 points for a career-high. Our team is young. We need these opportunities to improve he said.
Detroit's Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25. Young recorded his team-leading 16th double-double against the Pistons, scoring 30 points and 10 assists for the fourth straight game.
Despite Pistons comebacks, the Hawks took an early lead by making 9-of-12 3s in the opening quarter, including two by Young. Overall, Atlanta hit 16/36 3s.
Monty Williams said Cunningham, the second-year player who was the No. 1 pick in 2021, “is just growing” and has led the Pistons for more than seven weeks without a win.
Williams stated, "It's tremendous watching his leadership through what will probably be his toughest stretch of his career."
Cunningham leads with seven assists and three steals.
The 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers hold the NBA record for one-season losing streaks at 26. Between 2014-15 and 2015-16, the 76ers lost a record 28 games.
Saddiq Bey had 21 points and Dejounte Murray 20 for Atlanta. After Detroit got within six at 115-109, De'Andre Hunter scored 19 points, including two 3-pointers. A James Wiseman layup with 1:34 left trimmed the Pistons' lead to six at 126-120.
1:03 left, Wiseman missed two free throws. After Hunter stole a Marvin Bagley III pass to set up a Bey score midway during the second quarter, Atlanta appeared to be winning. It was 61-52 at halftime for the Pistons.
Center Isaiah Stewart was day-to-day with a left shoulder strain, according to Williams. Jalen Duren (left ankle strain) cannot practice. Clint Capela (left knee bone bruise) returned from one game to score 17 points and 15 rebounds for Atlanta.
The Hawks' Quin Snyder thinks F Jalen Johnson (left wrist) to return soon. Since Johnson's departure, the Hawks are 3-8.
Young: We definitely miss what he brings to our team. I want him healthy when he returns.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, a guard with the Hawks, missed his second straight game despite taking part in warmup workouts due to soreness in his right ankle.
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