Tue, 11 May 2021

Pistons hand Thunder 9th straight loss

Field Level Media
17 Apr 2021, 12:05 GMT+10

Josh Jackson had 29 points, Saddiq Bey and Frank Jackson tossed in 18 apiece, and the host Detroit Pistons handed Oklahoma City its ninth consecutive loss, 110-104, on Friday.

Isaiah Stewart powered for 15 points and 22 rebounds, a single-game record for a Detroit rookie. Killian Hayes supplied nine points, seven assists, five steals and four rebounds.

Luguentz Dort led the Thunder with 26 points. Darius Bazley had 19 points and seven rebounds and Moses Brown added 12 points with eight rebounds.

The Pistons sat many of their regulars, including top scorer Jerami Grant, who scored 28 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Center Mason Plumlee and guards Wayne Ellington, Cory Joseph, Rodney McGruder, Hamidou Diallo and Dennis Smith Jr. also missed the game due to either rest or injury.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) and Aleksej Pokusevski (arm) were among the players who missed the game for Oklahoma City.

The Thunder began a stretch where they play six of seven games on the road.

Oklahoma City led by 15 points, 46-31, with just over seven minutes to go in the first half but the Pistons rallied to tie it at 56-all by halftime. Bey, who had been held scoreless prior to that rally, finished the half with 10 points, including a bank-in 3-pointer during the final minute.

A 6-0 Pistons spurt in the early minutes of the third quarter, which included two Stewart buckets, gave them a 62-57 lead.

Frank Jackson knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to extend the Pistons' lead to nine, 75-66.

Bey made a fast-break layup after an Oklahoma City turnover late in the quarter to give Detroit a double-digit advantage.

The Thunder cut the deficit to seven, 86-79, by the quarter's end.

Dort made a layup with 7:05 left to bring Oklahoma City within six, 95-89. Bazley followed with a 3-pointer and Brown had a layup to make it a one-point game.

Frank Jackson halted Oklahoma City's 7-0 run with a layup. That began an 8-0 Pistons run, capped by two Stewart inside baskets.

--Field Level Media

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