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Pistons’ Start Among Worst In Franchise History

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AUBURN HILLS, MI - FEBRUARY 12:  Head coach Lawrence Frank of the Detroit Pistons draws out a play during the game against the Washington Wizards on February 12, 2012 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

AUBURN HILLS, MI – FEBRUARY 12: Head coach Lawrence Frank of the Detroit Pistons draws out a play during the game against the Washington Wizards on February 12, 2012 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Pistons’ 8-22 record is the second worst in franchise history through 30 games. They were 7-23 during the 1963-64 season and were also 8-22 in 1993-94. They have been 9-21 through 30 games in three seasons (1965-66, 1979-80, 1980-81). Last year, they had a 10-20 record at this point.

–Spurs coach Gregg Popovich revived the Hack-A-Ben strategy for this first time this season. Ben Wallace had attempted just two free throws entering Tuesday’s game before Popovich decided to intentionally foul the notoriously poor foul shooter during the late going. Wallace made 3 out of 6 during that stretch and 4-of-8 for the game.

“I hope he won’t be mad at me but we’d rather have Ben shoot it than Tayshaun (Prince),” Popovich said. “I think Ben knows that, too, so he won’t hate me for that. But he knocked them down, to his credit.”

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