The Thunder were coming off of back-to-back losses heading into their Wednesday night matchup against the Pistons. This game was essentially a “must win” considering Detroit had only won one of their last ten games. The Thunder took full advantage of the situation to get back into the win column, but the Pistons didn’t go away without a fight.
The Thunder opened up the game shooting 6-10 from beyond the arc in the first quarter. The hot shooting led OKC to 38 first quarter points, which is the most this season.
Oklahoma City was able to keep things rolling on offense, but the Pistons weren’t too shabby either. They were fueled by Christian Wood who finished the night with 29 points. Solid guard play was a common theme for both teams, but OKC’s front court combined for 37 points on 15-18 shooting in the first half. The Thunder didn’t put up a large volume of shots, but they did shoot at a solid percentage. They led 69-64 heading into the break.
Thunder shoots 69% in first half. pic.twitter.com/Hnxt6hfNl1— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 5, 2020
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way all night long for the Thunder, but the third quarter was when his presence was needed the most. SGA continued to make one tough shot after another. OKC outscored Detroit by the largest margin of any quarter in the third. The team continued to shoot well on offense, and made some big adjustments on defense.
With a twelve point lead heading into the final quarter, it seemed as if the Thunder would run away with this one. Detroit has had quite a tough season, and they’ve been known to collapse when things start to go bad. Perhaps the Thunder thought they had this one wrapped up, because the Pistons opened the quarter on a 21-8 run. You’ve got to credit Detroit for not giving up after struggling in the third.
Detroit did outscore the Thunder by five points in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. Oklahoma City didn’t win in the prettiest way, but they pulled it off in the end. Danilo Gallinari hit a 3 with only 21 seconds left to seal the deal for OKC. The team barely escaped Detroit with a 114-107 victory to get back into the win column.
Stops at the end preserve the W. pic.twitter.com/NtUxvV1XWO— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 5, 2020
Thunder Player Of The Game
No surprise here that SGA is our player of the game. He finished with 27 points on 12-15 shooting. Shai was able to knock down some highly contested shots. He also recorded 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. The young point guard made sure to stay active in this “must win” for OKC.
Best shooting night of his career.— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 5, 2020
12/15 | 80% | 27 PTS pic.twitter.com/BXsoyeaTd5
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