The New Jersey Nets eliminated any chance of setting an NBA record for fewest wins in a season by beating the Detroit Pistons 118-110 on Friday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Even if New Jersey (9-63) loses its final 10 games, it can do no worse than tie the record for worst season (9-73), set by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1972-73.
Brook Lopez and Yi Jianlian each posted career-highs in points scored—37 and 31, respectively—enabling New Jersey’s first winning streak of the season.
Oddly, Lopez didn’t sound too excited about the victory—not to mention erasing the possibility of being labeled as the worst NBA team in history—though he sheepishly admitted he’d like to win more games. “It’s cool, I guess,” he said about matching the 76ers’ win total…. Hopefully, we’ll continue streaking.”
New Jersey now has an excellent chance of breaking the tie with the ’72-73 76ers. If nothing else, one of its final ten games is against the Charlotte Bobcats—at home on April 12—who the Nets have already defeated twice this season.