DETROIT – The very best defensive crew within the NBA got here to city Monday and cooled off a scorching fitness center – in a giant means.
The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder held the Detroit Pistons to a season-low level whole and snapped their five-game profitable streak with a 110-83 victory at Little Caesars Enviornment.
The Pistons have been on a excessive after beating two-time defending NBA champion Golden State on Saturday. It did not final lengthy. They misplaced by their largest margin of the season.
Steven Adams led six gamers in double figures scoring for the Thunder with 21 factors.
The Pistons (13-8), wrapping up a six-game homestand, had their six-game dwelling profitable streak snapped. The Thunder (15-7) is 14-Three following an 0-Four begin.
The Pistons shot a season-low 33 p.c from the ground (31-of-94) and made solely 6-of-32 3-pointers (18.Eight p.c). Their earlier season low was 89 factors vs. Boston on Oct. 27.
Blake Griffin scored 20 factors. Andre Drummond had 13 factors and 6 rebounds.
The Pistons misplaced Reggie Bullock early within the recreation after he pulled up lame following a shot.
Regardless of their offensive problem, the Pistons have been hanging round, trailing by 9 factors 4:25 into the second half. The Thunder then closed out the third quarter on a 29-10 run to interrupt it open. They led by as many as 35 factors within the fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook collected 18 factors, six rebounds and 6 assists for Oklahoma Metropolis whereas Paul George contributed 17 factors and 10 rebounds.
The Thunder got here into the sport with the highest defensive score within the NBA, and it confirmed within the first half. They led 50-40 on the break, holding the Pistons to a season-low factors whole within the first half.
Detroit shot 35 p.c from the ground (17-of-49), together with simply 22 p.c from past the arc (4-of-22).
Griffin saved it as shut because it was by scoring 10 of his crew’s remaining 13 factors of the half.
Drummond was pressured to take a seat with 4:33 to play after choosing up his third foul.
Adams led OKC with 14 factors, making all 5 of his pictures.
The Pistons are in robust stretch of their schedule. They go to Milwaukee (15-7) Wednesday, then play two of their following three video games in opposition to Philadelphia (17-8), Friday at dwelling and Monday on the street.