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Pacers extend Pistons’ losing streak to 20 games in NBA showdown

The Indiana Pacers defeated the Detroit Pistons with a 131-123 score, marking the Pistons’ 20th straight loss. Bennedict Mathurin led the Pacers with 30 points, while Tyrese Haliburton contributed 14 points and 16 assists.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle commended the team for their composure and aggression in a challenging game, acknowledging the difficult emotions and travel involved. He highlighted the Pistons’ aggressive play and their position due to the losing streak.

Detroit’s 20th consecutive loss is a franchise record and ties for the NBA’s longest single-season losing streak since 2020-21. Pistons coach Monty Williams expressed his encouragement for the team’s growth despite the losses and emphasized the need to build on positive advancements.

Miles Turner added 23 points for Indiana, stating that the win was particularly enjoyable following their loss in the tournament game. Mathurin emphasized that the focus is on impacting the game beyond just scoring points.

Cade Cunningham and Ausar Thompson led the Pistons with 23 and 20 points, respectively. The game was marked by successful drives to the basket, with the Pacers maintaining a lead throughout the fourth quarter.

Indiana maintained their lead through strategic plays and ball control, securing their victory in the final stretch of the game. Mathurin’s strong performance in the first half set the tone for the Pacers’ success, leading to an overall shooting percentage advantage over the Pistons.

The teams’ performance in the game will serve as a learning opportunity for the Pistons, according to Coach Williams, who emphasized the impact of every play on the game’s outcome.

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