Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder Dominates In Detroit

Craig Hofeld


Game #22 - Pistons - Recap Stats

Oklahoma City went on the road Monday night to square off with the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons started the game with a ton of energy, but the Thunder soon overwhelmed them with their defense. OKC simply dominated a Detroit team that was on a five game winning streak.

Rapid Recap

Detroit opened the game up with a quick basket, trying to set the tone for this game. However, Oklahoma City bounced back with a score of their own, and then relied on defense to lead the way. The Thunder suffocated the Pistons offense, and came down with 15 defensive rebounds. The Thunder held a nine point lead after the first quarter.

The Thunder kept up the pace on defense to start the second quarter. As far as offense goes, the “Bigs” for OKC were having their way. Steven Adams, Jerami Grant, and Nerlens Noel were dominating on both sides of the ball. Detroit did go on a bit of a run in the middle of the quarter, but Oklahoma City quickly responded. The Thunder held the Pistons to a season low 40 points in the first half.

Oklahoma City has been a fantastic third quarter team all season, and tonight was no different. The Thunder capitalized on their outstanding defense by putting up a ton of points on offense. Paul George found his stride, which helped give the Thunder a 37-19 advantage in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was essentially “garbage time”, as both teams let their bench finish out the game. The bench for Oklahoma City played well and actually increased the lead to the largest of the season at 35 points. OKC showed up ready to play tonight and it showed on the scoreboard. The Thunder move to 15-7 by a score of 110-93.

Thunder Player Of The Game

Steven Adams has had a dominant season. The crazy thing about it is that he still has room for improvements. He sure showed some improvement tonight by dominating the boards and shooting extremely well. He finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds.

The Thunder Guys aren’t new to expressing how important Adams is to this team. He is the anchor on both sides of the ball. The more involved he gets in the game, the better chance Oklahoma City has. The Thunder could use a lot more games from Steven Adams like this one!

A Couple Quick Thoughts

• This Defense Is Legit! The Thunder had one of their more dominating defensive performances of the season against the Pistons. OKC absolutely suffocated the offense of Detroit. The Thunder didn’t give up any easy looks, they made the Pistons work for everything.

Oklahoma City is clearly built upon defense. The offense isn’t always there, but this team has the ability to play solid defense every night. When the defense is playing at a high level, the offense will come around.

• OKC Is A Complete Team: For the first time in many years, the Thunder have a complete roster. The starting lineup consists of a ton of defense, and the potential for a big scoring night. Not to mention the athleticism of this team. There’s not a lot of teams in this league who can match the level of athleticism in the starting lineup.

What was the OKC’s biggest problem last season? The bench. The Thunder has finally put together a solid bench. Having guys like Dennis Schröder and Nerlens Noel on your bench is a great weapon to have. The bottom line is this: top to bottom, this team can compete with anyone in this league.

Heading To Brooklyn

The Thunder will have yet another road test on Wednesday night. The game will start at 6:30 PM CST. It will be televised on FSOK and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.

Oklahoma City will clearly be the better team during the matchup against Brooklyn. It will be important for the Thunder to play at their level, and not at the level of their opponent. OKC should be able to leave Brooklyn with a solid win on Wednesday night.

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