1986-87 Detroit Pistons Game-by-Game Results

National Basketball Association (NBA)
Team Record: 52-30
Finishing 2nd in the NBA's Central Division of the Eastern Conference
Postseason: 10-5 Lost conference finals
Conference First Round - Defeated Washington Bullets 3-0
Conference Semifinals - Defeated Atlanta Hawks 4-1
Conference Finals - Lost to Boston Celtics 4-3
Coach: Chuck Daly (52-30)
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 908,240, Avg. 22,152 in 41 home dates
1986-87 Detroit Pistons Statistics
1986-87 Detroit Pistons Roster

The Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association ended the 1986-87 season with a record of 52 wins and 30 losses, finishing second in the NBA's Central Division of the Eastern Conference. The team compiled a postseason mark of 10-5.

The Pistons netted 9,118 points and yielded 8,836. Adrian Dantley tossed in a team-best 1,742 points for Detroit, while Isiah Thomas scored 18 or more per game, too. Bill Laimbeer contributed 955 boards. Isiah Thomas dished out 813 assists for the squad.

On the defensive side of the ball, Isiah Thomas added 153 steals, and John Salley blocked 125 shots.

Chuck Daly coached the team. The 1986-87 Detroit Pistons lost in the conference finals.

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Regular Season Points For: 9118
Regular Season Points Against: 8836

Date Game Res Home Road Record
October 31, 1986 Milwaukee Bucks 120 at Detroit Pistons 104 L 0-1 0-0 0-1
November 1, 1986 Detroit Pistons 89 at Indiana Pacers 92 L 0-1 0-1 0-2
November 5, 1986 Washington Bullets 85 at Detroit Pistons 109 W 1-1 0-1 1-2
November 7, 1986 Chicago Bulls 109 at Detroit Pistons 115 W 2-1 0-1 2-2
November 8, 1986 Detroit Pistons 89 at Milwaukee Bucks 103 L 2-1 0-2 2-3
November 12, 1986 Phoenix Suns 100 at Detroit Pistons 108 W 3-1 0-2 3-3
November 14, 1986 Atlanta Hawks 105 at Detroit Pistons 100 L 3-2 0-2 3-4
November 15, 1986 Boston Celtics 118 at Detroit Pistons 111 L 3-3 0-2 3-5
November 19, 1986 Detroit Pistons 105 at Washington Bullets 119 L 3-3 0-3 3-6
November 21, 1986 Detroit Pistons 120 at Philadelphia 76ers 110 W 3-3 1-3 4-6
November 22, 1986 Cleveland Cavaliers 84 at Detroit Pistons 93 W 4-3 1-3 5-6
November 28, 1986 Milwaukee Bucks 99 at Detroit Pistons 120 W 5-3 1-3 6-6
December 3, 1986 Detroit Pistons 107 at New Jersey Nets 106 W 5-3 2-3 7-6 OT
December 4, 1986 Detroit Pistons 105 at Cleveland Cavaliers 113 L 5-3 2-4 7-7
December 6, 1986 Denver Nuggets 113 at Detroit Pistons 128 W 6-3 2-4 8-7
December 10, 1986 Sacramento Kings 101 at Detroit Pistons 108 W 7-3 2-4 9-7
December 12, 1986 Washington Bullets 116 at Detroit Pistons 115 L 7-4 2-4 9-8
December 13, 1986 Los Angeles Lakers 114 at Detroit Pistons 119 W 8-4 2-4 10-8
December 16, 1986 Detroit Pistons 111 at Atlanta Hawks 100 W 8-4 3-4 11-8
December 17, 1986 Utah Jazz 107 at Detroit Pistons 122 W 9-4 3-4 12-8
December 19, 1986 San Antonio Spurs 84 at Detroit Pistons 114 W 10-4 3-4 13-8
December 20, 1986 Detroit Pistons 98 at Philadelphia 76ers 88 W 10-4 4-4 14-8
December 23, 1986 Detroit Pistons 98 at Indiana Pacers 111 L 10-4 4-5 14-9
December 26, 1986 Golden State Warriors 106 at Detroit Pistons 121 W 11-4 4-5 15-9
December 27, 1986 Detroit Pistons 107 at Washington Bullets 105 W 11-4 5-5 16-9
December 30, 1986 Detroit Pistons 103 at Milwaukee Bucks 99 W 11-4 6-5 17-9
January 2, 1987 New Jersey Nets 128 at Detroit Pistons 129 W 12-4 6-5 18-9
January 3, 1987 Detroit Pistons 119 at Chicago Bulls 124 L 12-4 6-6 18-10
January 7, 1987 New York Knicks 111 at Detroit Pistons 122 W 13-4 6-6 19-10
January 9, 1987 Los Angeles Clippers 123 at Detroit Pistons 131 W 14-4 6-6 20-10
January 10, 1987 Boston Celtics 101 at Detroit Pistons 118 W 15-4 6-6 21-10
January 13, 1987 Detroit Pistons 103 at Cleveland Cavaliers 101 W 15-4 7-6 22-10
January 14, 1987 Cleveland Cavaliers 87 at Detroit Pistons 104 W 16-4 7-6 23-10
January 16, 1987 Houston Rockets 112 at Detroit Pistons 106 L 16-5 7-6 23-11
January 17, 1987 Detroit Pistons 123 at New Jersey Nets 113 W 16-5 8-6 24-11
January 19, 1987 Atlanta Hawks 98 at Detroit Pistons 108 W 17-5 8-6 25-11
January 21, 1987 Detroit Pistons 108 at Utah Jazz 112 L 17-5 8-7 25-12
January 23, 1987 Detroit Pistons 100 at Los Angeles Clippers 97 W 17-5 9-7 26-12
January 24, 1987 Detroit Pistons 113 at Sacramento Kings 138 L 17-5 9-8 26-13
January 26, 1987 Detroit Pistons 118 at Phoenix Suns 120 L 17-5 9-9 26-14 OT
January 27, 1987 Detroit Pistons 107 at San Antonio Spurs 118 L 17-5 9-10 26-15
January 29, 1987 Washington Bullets 101 at Detroit Pistons 112 W 18-5 9-10 27-15
January 31, 1987 Detroit Pistons 114 at New York Knicks 113 W 18-5 10-10 28-15
February 1, 1987 Chicago Bulls 92 at Detroit Pistons 94 W 19-5 10-10 29-15
February 5, 1987 Indiana Pacers 98 at Detroit Pistons 93 L 19-6 10-10 29-16
February 11, 1987 Detroit Pistons 123 at Philadelphia 76ers 113 W 19-6 11-10 30-16 OT
February 12, 1987 Detroit Pistons 113 at Cleveland Cavaliers 109 W 19-6 12-10 31-16
February 14, 1987 Philadelphia 76ers 107 at Detroit Pistons 125 W 20-6 12-10 32-16
February 17, 1987 Detroit Pistons 103 at Atlanta Hawks 107 L 20-6 12-11 32-17
February 19, 1987 Seattle Supersonics 105 at Detroit Pistons 117 W 21-6 12-11 33-17
February 21, 1987 Atlanta Hawks 97 at Detroit Pistons 102 W 22-6 12-11 34-17
February 22, 1987 New York Knicks 110 at Detroit Pistons 122 W 23-6 12-11 35-17
February 24, 1987 Detroit Pistons 120 at New Jersey Nets 112 W 23-6 13-11 36-17
February 25, 1987 Cleveland Cavaliers 105 at Detroit Pistons 106 W 24-6 13-11 37-17
February 27, 1987 Portland Trail Blazers 123 at Detroit Pistons 111 L 24-7 13-11 37-18
March 1, 1987 Detroit Pistons 102 at Boston Celtics 112 L 24-7 13-12 37-19
March 4, 1987 Chicago Bulls 125 at Detroit Pistons 120 L 24-8 13-12 37-20 OT
March 6, 1987 Dallas Mavericks 115 at Detroit Pistons 125 W 25-8 13-12 38-20
March 8, 1987 Boston Celtics 119 at Detroit Pistons 122 W 26-8 13-12 39-20 OT
March 10, 1987 Detroit Pistons 116 at New York Knicks 93 W 26-8 14-12 40-20
March 11, 1987 Detroit Pistons 107 at Indiana Pacers 98 W 26-8 15-12 41-20
March 13, 1987 Detroit Pistons 100 at Chicago Bulls 99 W 26-8 16-12 42-20
March 14, 1987 Philadelphia 76ers 95 at Detroit Pistons 98 W 27-8 16-12 43-20
March 16, 1987 Indiana Pacers 95 at Detroit Pistons 115 W 28-8 16-12 44-20
March 18, 1987 New Jersey Nets 113 at Detroit Pistons 112 L 28-9 16-12 44-21
March 21, 1987 Detroit Pistons 118 at Dallas Mavericks 122 L 28-9 16-13 44-22
March 23, 1987 Detroit Pistons 114 at Houston Rockets 110 W 28-9 17-13 45-22
March 25, 1987 Detroit Pistons 115 at Golden State Warriors 127 L 28-9 17-14 45-23
March 26, 1987 Detroit Pistons 111 at Los Angeles Lakers 128 L 28-9 17-15 45-24
March 28, 1987 Detroit Pistons 121 at Denver Nuggets 109 W 28-9 18-15 46-24
March 29, 1987 Detroit Pistons 108 at Seattle Supersonics 107 W 28-9 19-15 47-24
March 31, 1987 Detroit Pistons 111 at Portland Trail Blazers 113 L 28-9 19-16 47-25
April 2, 1987 Indiana Pacers 73 at Detroit Pistons 119 W 29-9 19-16 48-25
April 3, 1987 Detroit Pistons 115 at Boston Celtics 119 L 29-9 19-17 48-26 OT
April 5, 1987 Milwaukee Bucks 107 at Detroit Pistons 125 W 30-9 19-17 49-26
April 7, 1987 Detroit Pistons 86 at Chicago Bulls 116 L 30-9 19-18 49-27
April 10, 1987 Detroit Pistons 99 at Atlanta Hawks 101 L 30-9 19-19 49-28
April 12, 1987 Detroit Pistons 98 at Washington Bullets 103 L 30-9 19-20 49-29
April 13, 1987 Detroit Pistons 120 at New York Knicks 100 W 30-9 20-20 50-29
April 15, 1987 New York Knicks 114 at Detroit Pistons 118 W 31-9 20-20 51-29
April 17, 1987 New Jersey Nets 117 at Detroit Pistons 130 W 32-9 20-20 52-29
April 18, 1987 Detroit Pistons 110 at Milwaukee Bucks 124 L 32-9 20-21 52-30
April 24, 1987 Washington Bullets 92 at Detroit Pistons 106 W 1-0 0-0 1-0
April 26, 1987 Washington Bullets 85 at Detroit Pistons 128 W 2-0 0-0 2-0
April 29, 1987 Detroit Pistons 97 at Washington Bullets 96 W 2-0 1-0 3-0
May 3, 1987 Detroit Pistons 112 at Atlanta Hawks 111 W 2-0 2-0 4-0
May 5, 1987 Detroit Pistons 102 at Atlanta Hawks 115 L 2-0 2-1 4-1
May 8, 1987 Atlanta Hawks 99 at Detroit Pistons 108 W 3-0 2-1 5-1
May 10, 1987 Atlanta Hawks 88 at Detroit Pistons 89 W 4-0 2-1 6-1
May 13, 1987 Detroit Pistons 104 at Atlanta Hawks 96 W 4-0 3-1 7-1
May 19, 1987 Detroit Pistons 91 at Boston Celtics 104 L 4-0 3-2 7-2
May 21, 1987 Detroit Pistons 101 at Boston Celtics 110 L 4-0 3-3 7-3
May 23, 1987 Boston Celtics 104 at Detroit Pistons 122 W 5-0 3-3 8-3
May 24, 1987 Boston Celtics 119 at Detroit Pistons 145 W 6-0 3-3 9-3
May 26, 1987 Detroit Pistons 107 at Boston Celtics 108 L 6-0 3-4 9-4
May 28, 1987 Boston Celtics 105 at Detroit Pistons 113 W 7-0 3-4 10-4
May 30, 1987 Detroit Pistons 114 at Boston Celtics 117 L 7-0 3-5 10-5


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