Desmond Bane Scores Career-High 49 Points, Pistons Losing Streak Hits 18 Games

‣ Desmond Bane scored a career-high 49 points, including 32 in the second half, to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Detroit Pistons 116 to 102.
‣ The Pistons’ loss marks their 18th straight defeat, the longest single-season losing streak in the franchise’s history, second only to a 21-game overall record.
‣ Despite the absence of main star Ja Morant, the Grizzlies have managed to secure three victories in their last four matches.

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Desmond Bane was on a mission. He was hell-bent on extending Detroit’s historic losing streak single-handedly. He managed to score 32 points out of his career-best 49 during the second half of the game. It was a Wednesday night to remember as Memphis triumphed over their rivals, 116 to 102.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins had a few words to share after the match. “They’ve been in a lot of these games, especially recently,” he said. “We knew they were going to be in attack mode.”

Jenkins wasn’t wrong. Memphis’ forward was on fire, shooting 19 of 31 from the field. He hit 4 of 8 from beyond the arc and didn’t miss a single free throw, making 7 in total. To top it off, he also managed 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Not too shabby, right?

“Desmond Bane COOKED all night and put up a new career high ” tweeted NBA. The stats were impressive: “49 PTS / 19-31 FGM / 4-8 3PM / 8 AST.”

Bane himself was striving for more. “I’ve been trying to become a more complete player,” he admitted. His previous record had been 38 against the Nets on October 24, 2022. “Being able to play make and score from all areas of the court. That wins games.”

Jaren Jackson Jr. also played his part in securing Memphis’ third victory in four matches. He added 24 points to the scoreboard. The Grizzlies have been soldiering on without their main star, Ja Morant, who’s only two weeks away from serving his infamous 25-game suspension.

Morant still holds the franchise record with 52 points, achieved in February 2022 when they beat the San Antonio Spurs. Like Bane, Morant had also scored 49 against Houston just over a year ago.

The Pistons were leading by 8 points in the third quarter. However, Desmond was unstoppable and scored the next 7 points for his team. In the final quarter, Memphis started a 14-2 run to take the lead 96-86 in their favor. Detroit struggled, going 1 for 8 with two turnovers.

“That was huge,” said coach Jenkins. “(Bane) was obviously carrying a big load for us offensively, and that (group) really set a tone for our defense. That allowed us to get out and run and really just play free.”

Detroit has now reached a new low. They’ve hit their worst single-season losing streak in franchise history, only behind a 21-game overall record.

The Pistons’ 18-straight loss has resulted in a 2-19 record this season. This is the longest the franchise has ever suffered in a single tournament. However, it’s still the second-longest overall. Back in 1980, they fell in 21-consecutive games between two campaigns.

Detroit coach Monty Williams was frustrated. “There’s the personal pride to guard the ball and not let a guy get to the basket,” he said. “I had to call a timeout, because we got the lead and Bane got to the basket three straight times. That’s not making baskets or scheme, that’s just the ability to get back in transition and guard.”

The Pistons’ current run is the longest since the Rockets’ 20-straight defeats in the 2020/21 NBA season. However, the Philadelphia 76ers still hold both historic records. They register the single-season mark at 26-consecutive losses and 28 in total starting in the 2015/16 campaign, all the way into the following season.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for Detroit last night. Jalen Duren posted 17 points and 11 rebounds before suffering a new left leg injury with 1:58 to the final buzzer.

“It’s tough — I feel like he was just getting his groove back,” coach Williams said of his injured star. This season, he has already missed seven contests.

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