NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Detroit
(Friday, October 30th)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 91, Detroit 83
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, as the Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Pistons, 91-83, to net the franchise's first win in Detroit in nearly six years.
Jeff Green added 16 points for the Thunder, whose last win in Detroit came on December 12, 2003, when the franchise was located in Seattle. Nenad Krstic scored 14, while Russell Westbrook had 10 points and 10 assists for Oklahoma City, which opened its season Wednesday with a win over Sacramento.
"We showed some toughness tonight, we got better," Durant said. "Those guys fought hard. It was a big challenge for us. We passed this test, and we have another one against Portland [on Sunday]."
Ben Gordon had a team-high 25 points, along with seven rebounds and four assists in his home debut for Detroit, which won at Memphis on Wednesday in its first game of the season. Rodney Stuckey ended with 21 points for the Pistons, who were without Richard Hamilton because of his sprained right ankle.
Ben Wallace totaled 12 boards, three assists and three steals in the setback for Detroit.
After trailing or narrowly leading for most of the game, the Thunder surged in the fourth quarter. Already ahead by one, they poured in nine consecutive points, starting with a Nick Collison jumper just two minutes in.
Collison added another jumper later in the run, which Green finished with a three-point play to make it a 73-63 game with under eight minutes to go.
The Pistons got close a few moments later by sinking six consecutive free throws, which drew them within 75-71. But Detroit got no closer the rest of the way. After Gordon sank 1-of-2 from the line to make it an 81-75 game with 2 1/2 minutes left, Thabo Sefolosha drained a three from the left corner, and Oklahoma City held on for the win.
"We just got stagnant," Gordon said. "We got away from the ball movement we had in the first half. In the first half, we had a lot of penetration and kick-outs, guys moving the ball. We just got away from that, and that kind of hurt us."
Back-to-back threes from Charlie Villanueva and Tayshaun Prince put the Pistons ahead by eight late in the first quarter, and they carried a 24-16 lead into the second after Will Bynum's jumper closed the opening frame.
The Thunder came back in the second, however, as a jumper and two free throws from Durant, followed by a technical foul shot by Green brought them within 26-23.
Oklahoma City then took the lead with a six-point burst, capped by an Etan Thomas layup to make it a 31-30 game with just under eight minutes remaining before halftime.
But a few minutes later, the Pistons rattled off seven straight points. Gordon started the run with a three-point play, while Stuckey added two free throws and a jumper to give Detroit a 41-35 edge, and the Pistons carried a 45-38 lead into the break.
The Thunder opened the third with six consecutive points to draw within one, and the rest of that quarter was back-and-forth. Oklahoma City closed it with a Thomas hook shot and two free throws from Durant, which gave his team a 62-61 edge going to the fourth.
These teams split the two-game series last season, as each team won on its home court. Detroit had won nine of 11 in the series...The Pistons' loss leaves first-year head coach John Kuester still in search of his first home win...Hamilton was not in uniform...Gordon played the second half with a bandage over his left eye after he sustained a cut...Bynum had 11 points off the bench for the Pistons...The Thunder shot 43.4 percent (33-of-76) overall, but made just 2-of-11 from three-point range. Both makes came in the final two-plus minutes...Detroit shot just 37.1 percent overall (26-of-70).
10/31 00:30:02 ET