Durant powers Thunder past Pistons

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Updated: November 8, 2013

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Kevin Durant poured in a game-high 37
points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists in the Oklahoma City
Thunder’s 119-110 win over the Detroit Pistons at the Palace at Auburn Hills.

Russell Westbrook added 20 points despite a dismal 5-for-19 shooting, while
rookie Steven Adams notched his first career double-double with 17 points and
10 rebounds for the Thunder, winners in three straight.

Josh Smith scored 25 points and Greg Monroe finished with 20 points and 15
rebounds — 10 of which came off the offensive glass — for the Pistons,
losers in three of their last four games. Brandon Jennings added 22 points and
11 assists.

A pair of Durant free throws with 1:43 left gave the Thunder a 111-99 lead,
but the Pistons refused to go down without a fight.

Jennings’ trey with 20.4 seconds remaining capped an 11-4 burst that pulled
Detroit within 115-110.

The Pistons were then forced to foul Thabo Sefolosha, and the defensive
stalwart knocked down the subsequent free throws.

Durant then outmuscled Monroe after a ball tipped off his fingers on the
ensuing trip down the court, and nailed a pair of free throws to seal the win.

Earlier, Kyle Singler got a tough layup to go for a 17-11 Detroit lead with
four minutes remaining the opening frame. The Thunder closed the quarter on a
9-5 push to make it 22-20 after 12 minutes.

A 7-0 burst to open the second put Oklahoma City up 27-22. The Pistons were
able take the lead briefly after Will Bynum’s layup with 8:13 left in the
first half, but the Thunder exploded for a 17-5 burst.

Durant highlighted the flurry with a fastbreak slam before capping the run
with a trey from well behind the line on the left wing that put Oklahoma City
ahead by a 48-37 count.

Detroit rallied to pull within 55-51 at the break.

After trailing by as many as five with just under four minutes left in the
third, the Thunder closed the period with a 15-2 swing to take an 84-76 lead
into the final frame.

Game Notes

Durant was 17-for-19 from the free throw line … OKC outscored the Pistons
50-40 in the paint … Rodney Stuckey finished with 17 points off the bench
for the Pistons.