Freezing cold rain wasn’t able to cool down Kevin Durant, as he scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Thunder beat the Pistons 103-87 inside of Chesapeake Energy Arena.
It was a back and forth game, and the Thunder trailed by as many as 12 points, but OKC outscored Detroit 55-to-32 in the second half to improve to 11-6 on the season while winning its fourth straight contest.
Oklahoma City led by seven points going into the fourth quarter, but with Durant and Russell Westbrook on the bench, the reserves were still able to extend the Thunder’s advantage to 11 points. When the superstars finally did check back into the game, they wasted no time getting in on the action.
Durant drilled an open three-pointer to give the Thunder a 14-point lead, then Westbrook swished a money ball of his own after a dish from Durant to make it a 17-point game.
From that point on it was all Thunder as they coasted to victory.
The Thunder were fortunate to win by double digits on a night where Westbrook struggled mightily. The superstar point guard fouled out midway through the fourth quarter and totaled a whopping 11 turnovers on the night. Westbrook finished with 14 points and only four assists.
The biggest factor in the game was rebounding, and the Thunder won that category by out boarding the Pistons 58-38. Detroit big man Andre Drummond leads the league in rebounding with over 17 per game, but was held to only seven in this contest. Reggie Jackson was held to 15 points in only 27 minutes of playing time.
Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter each added 14 points while Steven Adams scored eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Oklahoma City’s off the rest of the weekend but will hit the road for a two-game road trip when they play at Atlanta on Monday then Miami on Thursday.