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Longest losing streaks in NBA history

The Detroit Pistons tied the record for the NBA's longest losing streak at 28 with a 128-122 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on December 28, 2023.

The Pistons snapped the losing streak on December 30, 2023, when they beat the Toronto Raptors 129-127 at home.

The Philadelphia 76ers are the team tied with the Pistons for the longest losing streak in league history. That streak began 10 games before end of the 2014/15 season and finally ended after 18 games in the 2015/16 campaign.

The Pistons' recent streak began with a 124-112 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 30, 2023.

Detroit nearly ended their losing streak - and the Celtics' perfect home record this season - as they sent the game into overtime. It was their first overtime game of the season, but the gulf in quality between the two teams showed after regulation when the Celtics pulled away to win by six.

The Pistons have another losing streak in the top 10 in league history. They lost 21 consecutive games between the 1979/80 and 1980/81 seasons. By 1990, they had two NBA Championships.

Longest losing streaks in NBA history

TeamGames LostDate StartedDate Ended
Philadelphia 76ers28March 27, 2015December 1, 2015
Detroit Pistons28October 30, 2023N/A
Cleveland Cavaliers26December 20, 2010February 11, 2011
Philadelphia 76ers26January 31, 2014March 29, 2014
Cleveland Cavaliers24March 19, 1982November 10, 1982
Vancouver Grizzlies23February 16, 1996April 3, 1996
Denver Nuggets23December 9, 1997January 24, 1998
Charlotte Bobcats23March 19, 2012November 2, 2012
Detroit Pistons21March 7, 1980October 25, 1980
Philadelphia 76ers20January 9, 1973February 14, 1973
New York Knicks20March 23, 1985November 12, 1985
Dallas Mavericks20November 13, 1993December 23, 1993
Los Angeles Clippers20April 18, 1994December 7, 1994
Houston Rockets20February 6, 2021March 22, 2021

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