NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Detroit
(Friday, October 29th)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 105, Detroit 104
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Jeff Green's layup with 2.5 seconds left was the difference, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-104 win over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Charlie Villanueva had just given the Pistons a 104-103 lead with 7.5 ticks left on a wide-open three-pointer from the corner, and the Thunder had one last chance to win the game.
Green took the inbound pass and looked for Kevin Durant, who scored 30 points in the game. Durant was covered, so Green decided to take Ben Wallace to the basket down the lane on the right side. Green got to the hoop with ease, banking the ball off the glass from in close.
Detroit never got a final shot off.
"The play was meant for Kevin. He's our go-to guy in those situations," Green said. "When I saw that he wasn't open, I just tried to get into the lane and either get fouled or get the layup."
Green finished with 21 points for the Thunder, who have started 2-0 for the second straight year. Russell Westbrook had 17 points and 11 assists, while Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Ben Gordon scored 32 points in a reserve role for the Pistons, who last started 0-2 in 1999-2000. Rodney Stuckey provided 24 points and nine assists, and Richard Hamilton had 14.
Villanueva finished with 12 points.
"Good things are going to happen to this team," Detroit head coach John Kuester said. "You've just got to continue to work. I understand that some how, some way, we'll make this work."
A pair of free throws from Villanueva with 46 seconds left brought Detroit to within 101-99, and Ibaka was able to grab a Durant miss, then follow his own miss with a second offensive rebound before going 1-for-2 from the line for a three-point game with 18.3 seconds to play.
Out of a timeout, Detroit turned to Gordon, who was fouled with 15.1 ticks left and made two free throws to make it a one-point game once again. Durant went to the line at the other end, and he went only 1-of-2 to put Oklahoma City ahead, 103-101.
Instead of going for the tie, the Pistons went for the win, as Gordon dribbled toward the basket before finding a wide-open Villanueva in the corner to set up the exciting finish.
The Thunder took a 26-21 lead after the first quarter, then maintained their five-point advantage, 56-51, at halftime.
Oklahoma City scored the first seven points of the third to take a 12-point lead on Thabo Sefolosha's two free throws, but Detroit was able to cut its deficit to four, 83-79, heading to the fourth.
The Pistons didn't allow the Thunder to lead by more than seven in the fourth, keeping it close before nearly stealing the game at the end.
The Thunder have won the last four meetings after Detroit won the previous eight...Durant went 11-of-13 from the free throw line...The Pistons went 8- of-12 from beyond the arc, while Oklahoma City shot just 2-for-15 from beyond the arc...The Thunder had 24 more free throw attempts than the Pistons and had 21 more free throws made.
10/30 00:17:52 ET