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Detroit Pistons tie the losing streak record

JUANA SUMMERS, HOST:

The NBA's Detroit Pistons are on a record streak, but congratulations definitely are not in order.

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MONTY WILLIAMS: Losing is awful in this league, and we've had a lot of it.

SUMMERS: That was Pistons head coach Monty Williams after the team lost its record-tying 26th consecutive game.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Detroit has the worst record in the NBA with just two wins. The last time they won a game was in late October. Meanwhile, other sad-sack teams improve their own losing records when they play the Pistons.

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UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: And for the Nets, they will end a five-game losing streak, head into Christmas with an 11-point win over Detroit.

SHAPIRO: And fans of the team once known as the bad boys are now just fans of a bad team. Folks in the stands and on social media are not happy about it.

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UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: (Chanting) Sell the team.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Imagine not winning a game in two months. That's what's about to happen.

SUMMERS: And that brings us to tonight. The Pistons are playing a rematch against the Nets at home in Detroit. If they lose, it will be their 27th straight loss - the longest single season losing streak ever in the NBA.

SHAPIRO: Bad news for the Pistons and their fans - there are still more than 50 games left in the season. So the streak could go on for a long, long time.

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