(Downtown OKC) —
The Detroit Pistons blew several sizable leads but exploded in overtime for a 96-89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night inside the Chesapeake Arena in downtown Oklahoma City.
The Thunder trailed by 8 points early, but rallied for a 30-21 lead after the opening period. The Thunder trailed by just a single point, 67-66 going into the final quarter and OKC volleyed back-and-forth before Reggie Jackson tried a fadeaway shot from about 20 feet away at the buzzer. The shot just bounced away and the game went into OT, tied at 82.
In the extra session, Detroit’s slick lefty point guard Brandon Jennings just took the game over. Jennings went on a personal 8-0 run as Detroit eventually outscored Oklahoma City 14-7 in the period for the victory. And it was historic too. It’s the first time Detroit has *ever* won in Oklahoma City, breaking a 10-game losing streak to the Thunder. OKC’s loss dropped the still injury-riddled Thunder to 3-7 on the young season.
Jeremy Lamb broke out of his shooting slump to lead the Thunder with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Reggie Jackson had his 3rd straight good scoring game with 20 points and 12 assists. But Jackson took the blame for the loss after the game, tweeting “anyone who watched saw Brandon Jennings destroy Reggie Jackson. I lost that match-up and that’s why we lost.” Jennings led the Pistons with a game-high 29 points.
The Thunder hosts the red-hot Houston Rockets at 6-o’clock Sunday at “The Peake”. The Rockets are off to one of the best starts in franchise history as former Thunder star James Harden and his teamates are 8-1.