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Detroit Pistons end 28-match losing streak with win over Toronto Raptors - NBA

Detroit Pistons end 28-game losing streak with 129-127 win over Toronto Raptors, led by Cade Cunningham's 30 points and 12 assists.

The Detroit Pistons narrowly avoided making unwanted history as they finally ended their 28-game losing streak with a hard-fought victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Cade Cunningham was the star of the show, scoring an impressive 30 points and making 12 assists to help the Pistons secure a 129-127 win - their first in the NBA since 28 October.

The team's 28th consecutive defeat had equalled the longest losing run in NBA history, and a loss to the Raptors would have matched the longest losing streak in major US professional sports history, held by the NFL's Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals), who suffered 29 successive losses between 1942 and 1945.

In Saturday's match, Bojan Bogdanovic added 19 points for the Pistons, while Jalen Duran contributed 18 points and 17 rebounds, and Kevin Knox II made 17 points.

Reflecting on the victory, 2021 NBA draft number one pick Cunningham said, "We just kept battling. It's been a long, long stretch - all these losses - but I'm just happy to be a part of a group of guys that don't quit and bring it every day and still stay positive and uplift each other."

He added, "It's been weighing on us heavy everywhere we go for two months, which is unreal, for it to have been that long. It was a long time coming, something that we've been pushing for for so long and to finally get over that hump, we're not trying to go back. Now it really begins where we see who we're going to be and if we're going to continue to play with that same fire that we've been playing with."

In other NBA action, LeBron James celebrated his 39th birthday with a game, but it wasn't a happy one as his Los Angeles Lakers lost 108-106 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. James scored 26 points, while the Timberwolves' Anthony Edwards scored 31 points in 38 minutes for the hosts.

Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, Tyrese Haliburton made history by becoming the first player in 33 years to score at least 20 points and 20 assists in consecutive games as he led the Indiana Pacers to a 140-126 win over the New York Knicks. With his 22 points and 23 assists, he joined Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and John Stockton as only the third player in NBA history to achieve this feat.

Luka Doncic led the Dallas Mavericks to a 132-122 victory over Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors, while there were also wins for the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz.

It was a night of thrilling NBA action, with several standout performances and historic achievements across the league.

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