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               === Thunder rally to take down winless Pistons ===
 Auburn  Hills, MI  (Sports Network) - Russell Westbrook scored 14 of his game-
 high  33 points in  the fourth quarter as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to
 take a 92-90 victory over the winless Detroit Pistons.
 Westbrook  also  had 10 rebounds  and four assists,  while Kevin Durant had 26
 points and nine boards for the Thunder, who won their fifth straight.
 "He  was getting involved all over the floor in the first half," said Oklahoma
 City  head coach Scott Brooks about Westbrook. "He had a good floor game and I
 can never complain about his effort."
 Kevin  Martin  finished with  13 points  and Serge Ibaka  netted 11 with seven
 rebounds and six blocks in the victory.
 Rodney  Stuckey had  19 points and Greg  Monroe added 17 for Detroit, which is
 off to the worst start in franchise history at 0-8.
 Oklahoma  City trailed,  73-62, entering  the fourth  quarter, but  opened the
 frame with an 13-0 run to take a 75-73 lead on Westbrook's driving layup.
 Monroe  put  an end  to the streak  with a  layup on the  other end before the
 Thunder  answered with a  Westbrook jumper and a pair of Durant free throws to
 take a 79-75 advantage with 6:10 left in the game.
 Detroit  fought back with  a 10-5 spurt to retake an 85-84 lead with less then
 three  minutes remaining,  but a  couple of  Thabo Sefolosha  free throws  and
 Durant's  off-balanced  jumper from the right  post put the Thunder on top for
 good  as  Brandon Knight  missed a  game-tying 3-pointer at  the other end and
 Oklahoma City was able to close out the game at the free-throw line.
 "We just got stagnant late in the game," said Stuckey. "They started attacking
 and  all their shots  were going down. We just have to play without fouling so
 The  teams traded baskets over the opening two minutes of action until Detroit
 reeled off six straight points to take a 9-4 advantage.
 After  a Will  Bynum layup later gave  the Pistons a 16-12 edge, Oklahoma City
 responded  with a 9-0  spurt to run out to a 21-16 lead with about two minutes
 remaining in the first quarter.
 Detroit  battled back  to knot  the game  at 23-23  before a  pair of  Hasheem
 Thabeet  free throws  in the  closing seconds  gave the  Thunder a  25-23 lead
 entering the second quarter.
 It  remained a tight  game in the early portion of the second until a 12-0 run
 by the Pistons put them on top, 44-32, just past the midpoint of the frame.
 The  Thunder put together a late 9-1 push to close its gap to 47-45 with 2 1/2
 minutes left in the second quarter, but they would not score again in the half
 and Detroit held a 51-45 lead at the break.
 The  Pistons then raced  out of the gate in the second half, opening the third
 quarter with a 13-6 push to take another double-digit lead, 64-51.
 Oklahoma  City would get no closer than eight over the final five-plus minutes
 of the third quarter and went into the fourth quarter trailing, 73-62.
                                   Game Notes
 Oklahoma  City shot just  37 percent from the floor in the game, while Detroit
 connected on 39.8 percent of its shots ... The Pistons had opened a season 0-7
 on  two other occasions,  doing so in 1980-81 and 1962-63 ... The Thunder went
 1-for-10 from three-point range ... Both teams scored 19 points off turnovers.
 11/13 01:06:19 ET

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