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The franchise was founded as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, a National Basketball League team, playing in the gym of North Side High School. Owner Fred Zollner’s Zollner Corporation was a foundry, manufacturing pistons primarily for car, truck and locomotive engines. In 1948, the team became the Fort Wayne Pistons, competing in the Basketball Association of America. In 1949, Fred Zollner brokered the formation of the National Basketball Association from the BAA and the NBL at his kitchen table. From that point on, the Fort Wayne Pistons competed in the NBA. Led by star forward George Yardley, the Fort Wayne Pistons were a very popular franchise and appeared in the NBA Finals in 1955 and 1956, losing both times.
The Pistons’ first trip to the Finals saw them face the Los Angeles Lakers, who were led by Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After taking a 32 series lead back to Los Angeles, Detroit appeared poised to win their first NBA title in Game 6. In that game, Isiah Thomas scored an NBA Finals record 25 points in the third quarter while playing on a severely sprained ankle. However, the Lakers won the game, 103102, on a pair of last-minute free throws by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar following a controversial foul called on Bill Lambeer, referred to by many Piston supporters, and Lambeer himself, as a “phantom foul.” With Isiah Thomas unable to compete at full strength, the Pistons narrowly fell in Game 7, 108105.
Prior to the 198889 seasons, the Pistons moved to Auburn Hills to play at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The 1989 Pistons completed the building of their roster by trading Dantley for Mark Aguirre, a trade that Piston fans would criticize heavily initially, but later praise. The team won 63 games, shattering the old franchise record, and steamrolled through the playoffs and into a NBA Finals rematch with the Lakers. This time the Pistons came out victorious in a four-game sweep to win their first NBA championship. Joe Dumars was named NBA Finals MVP. Game Four of the series marked the final game of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career. Detroit’s sellout streak at The Palace of Auburn Hills ended on February 4, 2009 in a 93-90 win over the Miami Heat. The streak began on January 19, 2004, the year the Pistons won their third NBA title, and was the franchise’s longest sellout streak at 259. Detroit Pistons tickets have always been on the top of the NBA charts, due to the decline in the economy ticket sales have fallen to the wayside, hopefully to have them reborn in the future.