Detroit Pistons in History

Events in Sport


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1960-01-25 Wilt Chamberlain scores 58 points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia Warriors beat Detroit Pistons, 127-117 at Bethlehem, PA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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1968-11-11 As a rookie, Elvin Hayes scores 54 points against the Detroit Pistons, a career-high

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • 1974-01-15 24th NBA All-Star Game, Seattle Center Coliseum: West beats East, 134-123; MVP: Bob Lanier, Detroit Pistons, C
  • 1974-10-19 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland (next win 6-1-90)
  • 1982-11-03 Detroit Pistons block 20 Cleveland Cavalier shots in 128-119 win at Coliseum at Richfield; ties NBA regulation game record

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1984-01-29 34th NBA All-Star Game, Denver: East beats West, 154-145 (OT); MVP: Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons, G; first All-Star Saturday; Legends Classic, West wins, 64-63; first Slam-Dunk winner, Larry Nance

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • 1986-02-09 36th NBA All-Star Game, Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX: East beats West, 139-132; MVP: Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons, G
  • 1987-02-14 Detroit Pistons-Philadelphia 76ers game draws crowd of 53,745 at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac; third largest crowd in NBA history; Pistons win, 125-107
  • 1988-01-29 Detroit Pistons draw a then record NBA regular season crowd of 61,983 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome for a 125-108 win over the Boston Celtics
  • 1988-06-21 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • 1989-06-13 43rd NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons sweeps LA Lakers in 4 games
  • 1990-06-10 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers for 1st time since 1974 in Portland
  • 1999-04-01 Detroit Pistons guard Joe Dumars becomes 10th player in NBA history to play 1,000 games with the same team and one of 8 to play 1,000 games with his only team; scores 18 points in 107-75 rout of Chicago Bulls
  • 2000-01-23 Dallas' Don Nelson becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to win 900 career games when the Mavericks defeat the Detroit Pistons, 99-91 at The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • 2004-06-15 58th NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1

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2005-06-23 59th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3, Tim Duncan MVP

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • 2019-04-05 OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for the third consecutive season during the Thunder's 123-110 win at home over Detroit Pistons

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1925-09-19 Jack McCloskey, American basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers 1972-74) and executive (GM Detroit Pistons NBA C'ship 1989, 90), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1930-07-20 Chuck Daly, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (2-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons), born in Kane, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1942-11-02 Ron Reed, American NBA forward and MLB pitcher (Detroit Pistons; Philadelphia Phillies), born in LaPorte, Indiana
  • 1946-03-22 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1954-11-05 Alvin Gentry, American basketball head coach (New Orleans Pelicans 2015-19; Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1955-11-22 James Edwards, American basketball center (NBA C'ship 1989, 90 Detroit Pistons, 1996 Chicago Bulls), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1957-04-17 Dwane Casey, American basketball head coach (Detroit Pistons 2018-19; Toronto, Minnesota; NBA All-Star Game 2018), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1957-05-19 Bill Laimbeer, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1958-09-21 Rick Mahorn, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1959-10-27 Rick Carlisle, American basketball guard and head coach (Dallas Mavericks 2008-19; Indiana Pacers; NBA Coach of the Year 2002, Detroit Pistons), born in Ogdensburg, New York
  • 1959-12-10 Mark Aguirre, American NBA forward (Detroit Pistons), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960-11-05 Mark West, American NBA center (Detroit Pistons), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • 1962-08-05 Otis Thorpe, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1963-05-24 Joe Dumars, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Detroit Pistons; 6-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1963-09-28 Johnny Dawkins, American basketball guard (NBA: San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers; Detroit Pistons) and coach (Stanford, UCF), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964-05-16 John Salley, NBA star (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1966-03-12 Grant Long, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1966-05-27 Eric Leckner, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1966-11-13 Rumeal Robinson, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1967-12-21 Terry Mills, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons), born in Romulus, Michigan
  • 1968-08-22 Michael Curry, American basketball forward and coach (Detroit Pistons), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1969-04-06 Brian Williams, NBA center/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
  • 1969-04-14 Mark Macon, American NBA guard (Detroit Pistons), born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • 1970-12-03 Lindsey Hunter, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 2002, 04; LA Lakers, Detroit Pistons), born Utica, Mississippi
  • 1971-04-20 Allan Houston, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1971-09-23 Eric Montross, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1972-07-14 Lou Roe, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1973-04-17 Theo Ratliff, American NBA forward and center (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Demopolis, Alabama
  • 1973-05-10 Jerome Williams, American NBA forward (Detroit Pistons), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1973-12-04 Corliss Williamson, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship 2004, Detroit Pistons; NBA 6th Man of the Year 2002; NCAA Final 4 MOP 1994), born in Russellville, Arkansas
  • 1973-12-30 Don Reid, NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1974-09-07 Antonio McDyess, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 2001; Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons), born in Quitman, Mississippi
  • 1974-11-05 Jerry Stackhouse, American NBA guard and forward (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1975-02-12 Scot Pollard, NBA center (Detroit Pistons), born in Murray, Utah
  • 1975-02-22 Charles O'Bannon, American NBA guard (Detroit Pistons), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1985-06-20 Darko Miličić, Serbian basketball player (Detroit Pistons), born in Novi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia
  • 1989-03-16 Blake Griffin, American NBA forward (LA Clippers, Detroit Pistons), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Deaths in Sport

  • 2009-05-09 Chuck Daly, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (2-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons), dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • 2017-06-01 Jack McCloskey, American basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers 1972-74) and executive (GM Detroit Pistons NBA C'ship 1989, 90), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 91