With Durant and Ibaka Resting, Thunder Streak Ends in Detroit
With starters Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka not playing due to rest, the Oklahoma City Thunder had their eight-game winning streak snapped with an 88-82 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night, March 29, at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan.
The Thunder started Kyle Singler and Dion Waiters in place of Durant and Ibaka, and Josh Huestis got some first half playing time, scoring five points on a dunk and a 3-pointer.
OKC led 48-46 at halftime, but the Pistons took control in the third quarter, getting three straight baskets from Marcus Morris to spark an 18-2 run to build a 15-point lead at 68-53.
Morris led the Pistons with 24 points.
The Thunder rallied in the fourth quarter, going on a 17-4 run to cut the deficit to one on a three-pointer by Enes Kanter to make it 75-74.
Detroit never let them regain the lead, though, and former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson hit a jumper late to seal the win.
Jackson had 13 points for Detroit.
Jackson celebrated the win over his former team by encouraging the crowd to make some noise in the final seconds, and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook didn’t care for Jackson’s actions, calling it an expletive and the Thunder will see him down the line and take care of it then.
OKC was led by Westbrook, who had 24 points, but was just 8 for 28 from the field.
The only other Thunder player in double figures was Knater, who had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
The Thunder shot just 38 percent from the field and were 6 of 21 from three-point range, and just 64 percent at the line.
OKC also had 19 turnovers in the game.
The Thunder fall to 52-23 on the season.
With just seven games left in the regular season, OKC has five of them on the road.
One of the home games is next on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers at 8:30 at Chesapeake Arena.