Detroit provides one other win at residence after coming again towards the Thunder
The Detroit Pistons added their third victory of the season on Monday – all of them at residence – by beating the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder (112-103) in a sport during which they signed a terrific second half.
The Michigan group appeared destined for his or her fourth straight loss after ending the primary half with a fifteen-point deficit. Nonetheless, the presumable harangue acquired by Dwane Casey had its impact. After the break, the Pistons recovered with 36 factors within the third quarter, which was joined by a great defensive efficiency that allowed the Thunder to do lots of injury in transition.
Saddiq Bey led the Pistons in scoring with 25 factors and 5 of his teammates additionally recorded double figures in scoring, highlighting double-doubles from Cade Cunningham (21 factors and 11 rebounds), Jaden Ivey (15 factors and 11 rebounds) and Isaiah Stewart (11 factors and 12 rebounds).
“At half-time we talked about the way in which we got here into the sport and the way we would have liked to get management again within the first jiffy of the second half,” Bey mentioned. “We concentrate on protection. We do not fear if the pictures go in as a result of we all know that if we are able to cease the opponent, the factors will come.”
For the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 33 factors, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks however acquired little assist from the starters. Thus, Mike Muscala and Kenrich Williams, with eleven factors every coming off the bench, emerged as their squires. “They got here out, they threw the primary punch and so they received us each free ball,” mentioned the Guard. “That is one thing we at all times attempt to do ourselves.”
The Thunder’s protection made the distinction within the first half, holding Detroit to 35.4% capturing from the sector, together with 15.8% on 3-pointers. Nonetheless, Mark Daigneault’s males had been vastly outmatched within the final two quarters. “I used to be impressed with the extent of depth that they utilized within the second half,” acknowledged the Oklahoma Metropolis coach. “We made a few makes an attempt to attempt to get again on monitor however they had been the perfect group.”
With this victory, the Pistons abandon the pink lantern of the Japanese Convention, whereas the Thunder stay in eleventh place within the West.
(Cowl photograph by Rick Osentoski/Getty Photos)