The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Detroit Pistons are currently heading in opposite directions as the Thunder are on a six-game winning streak while the Pistons hope to avoid their seventh-straight loss. The Thunder and the Pistons will battle each other tonight as this matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. They have played each other a grand total of 138 times in the past as the Thunder won 71 games while the Pistons ended up winning only 67 times. November 24 was the last time they saw each other as the Pistons snuck away with a 99-98 win. Andre Drummond finished that game with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks while Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and 3 steals.
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 83.3 FG%)
Dakari Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 54.3 FG%)
Kyle Singler (2.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (3.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)
Dwight Buycks (coach’s decision; 7.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 45.0 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
Henry Ellenson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 39.1 3P%)
Eric Moreland (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Kay Felder (G-League; 3.9 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 30.3 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Reggie Hearn (G-League)
The Thunder would have control at the beginning of the game as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Pistons to forty-seven percent. Paul George would light the floor up with 19 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process. Carmelo Anthony helped out by scoring 14 points and pulling down three defensive rebounds. Russell Westbrook also had 14 points to put along with his 5 rebounds, 9 assists, and one steal. Raymond Felton played 8 minutes off of the bench as he dropped 6 points while Steven Adams earned 9 points.
As for the Pistons, Reggie Bullock had 10 points off of the bench while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Andre Drummond contributed with eight points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks. Tobias Harris would drain a three-pointer in the first quarter while knocking down three free-throws. Ish Smith played the most minutes off of the bench but kept to just five points as the Oklahoma team went into halftime with a 69-57 lead.
The Detroit Pistons would attempt a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Thunder ended up shooting thirty-six percent. Harris got hot for 15 points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field. Drummond only dropped four points while Avery Bradley was limited to just two points. Stanley Johnson was kept scoreless as well as Langston Galloway. Smith played 19 minutes off of the bench as he had 10 points.
Westbrook would help close things out, though, as he went off for 17 points, hitting two three-pointers in the process. Both George and Anthony scored seven points each while Andre Roberson was kept to just three points. Terrance Ferguson played 17 minutes off of the bench, only to score 6 points but it was still the Thunder who pulled away with a 121-108 victory. Russell Westbrook finished the game with 31 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, and 2 steals while Tobias Harris had 21 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Joel Embiid (23.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (24-21) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season. The Thunder and the 76ers have battled each other a total of 132 times as the Thunder won 68 games while the 76ers pulled 64 wins. The last time they saw each other was on December 15 as the Thunder pulled away with a 119-117 win in a game that contained three overtimes. Russell Westbrook had 27 points in that game, along with 17 rebounds, 15 assists, and 2 steals while Joel Embiid finished with 34 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 blocks.
The Detroit Pistons will travel to Ohio to clash with LeBron James (26.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 8.7 APG, 55 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (28-19) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. This matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will battle each other this season. They have played each other a grand total of 232 times in the past as the Pistons ended up winning 129 games while the Ohio team won 103 games. November 20 was the last time they met up as the Cavaliers handed the Pistons a 116-88 blowout loss. Kevin Love finished that game with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists while Tobias Harris settled for 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.