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Thunder Barely Escape The Pistons At Home

Craig Hofeld

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The Thunder took on the Detroit Pistons on Friday night in what was the first game since the trade deadline on Thursday afternoon. Oklahoma City has had excellent team chemistry this season, and with a solidified roster, this team should be playing at the highest level.

The Pistons were down a ton of players due to both trades and injuries. However, they certainly didn’t back down in this one. They matched the Thunder’s energy on offense for a majority of the first quarter. OKC pulled away by a slight margin at the end of the first quarter going 6/6 from the floor in the final 4 minutes.

Detroit no longer has Andre Drummond inside the paint after he was traded to Cleveland at the trade deadline. Without a dominant big man inside the paint, Steven Adams was able to have one of his better offensive halves this season. He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. This was Adams first double-digit scoring game since January 13th. Despite the success inside, the Thunder weren’t able to separate themselves from the Pistons. OKC took a 52-47 lead into halftime.

The Thunder came out in the second half absolutely on fire. Danilo Gallinari hit 2-3 from beyond the arc in the third, and the Thunder’s defense seemingly found a way to shut down the Pistons. There’s no way Detroit should’ve ever been in this game, but the Thunder just couldn’t seem to pull away.

Oklahoma City headed into the final quarter with a 10 point lead. At this point, it seemed as if the Thunder would run away with it. However, the Pistons weren’t done just yet. They rallied back to within a few points with a minute to go. Sometimes, if you let a team hang around long enough, they start to believe they have a chance. That’s exactly what happened here, but OKC managed to hold off Detroit for a 108-101 win.

Thunder Player Of The Game

Steven Adams started off this season with possibly some of his best performances of his career. After battling a couple injuries, it seemed as if the Big Kiwi had kind of stalled out. Friday night was the perfect chance for Adams to get back into a rhythm considering the lack of depth inside for the Pistons.

Adams did just that going 7-10 for 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Maybe this is exactly what Adams needed to get back into the swing of things.

Sunday Matinee

The Thunder will continue this home stint on Sunday afternoon as they take on the Boston Celtics at 2:30 PM CST. The Celtics currently sit in the third seed in the East. They have a 35-15 record, and have won 8 out of their last 10. The Thunder have been on a roll lately, but they will have their hands full with this matchup on Sunday.

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