The Detroit Pistons' lessons learned during four consecutive wins came tempered Sunday by a lesson taught, this one a reminder that this is a rebuilding season and no one should get too excited over fool's gold.
The Pistons' win streak hit a most unlikely bump in a 108-101 overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, who entered the game with 19 losses in their previous 20 games.
Suddenly, the Pistons who beat some of the Eastern Conference's best teams the last few days, including the world champion Miami Heat, and had started whispers about playoff possibilities, instead reverted to some of the traits characteristic of their early-season flameout.
The Pistons (13-23) lost for the ninth time after holding a double-digit lead.
They lost for the fifth time in a game they led entering the fourth quarter.
They lost absolutely every hustle statistic that matters in professional basketball, which is why they lost a game in which they shot 50 percent and had their highest-scoring first half of the season (60 points) -- offset by the Bobcats' highest-scoring quarter of the season (38 in the second) -- and now have plenty of time to ponder this flop.
The Pistons have four days off to begin a stretch of three games in 13 days.
They were nine-point favorites over the Bobcats and once led by 13.
Then, disaster struck.
Detroit Pistons back to the rebuilding mode they never left after ugly loss to Charlotte Bobcats
Michigan Live | Jan 7