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• Detroit's overtime win against Milwaukee improved the Pistons' record to 35-5, matching the fourth-best record for any team in NBA history through its first 40 games of a season. The only clubs with a better record at the 40-game mark than this season's Pistons team were the 1966-67 Sixers, 1971-72 Lakers and 1995-96 Bulls; all three were 37-3.
The Pistons have started the same five players in each game under Flip Saunders (Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace). Detroit is the third NBA team in the last 20 years (since 1986-87) to use the same starting lineup in each of its first 40 games of a season. The other teams to do it over that span were the 1999-2000 Pacers (Dale Davis, Mark Jackson, Reggie Miller, Jalen Rose and Rik Smits) and the 2002-03 Warriors (Gilbert Arenas, Erick Dampier, Antawn Jamison, Troy Murphy and Jason Richardson).
Detroit's starters have played close to 900 minutes as a unit this season (an average of more than 22 minutes per game). No other quintet of current NBA teammates has spent as many as 500 minutes together on the court this season.