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Rapid reaction: Oklahoma City shocks Detroit 92-90 with late comeback

by Anthony Slater Published: November 12, 2012
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) drives around Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) and fouls him in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Oklahoma City won 105-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) drives around Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) and fouls him in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Oklahoma City won 105-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater

Oklahoma City used a dominant fourth quarter to beat Detroit 92-90 on Monday night, winning its fourth straight game. Here’s some rapid reaction:

Turning point

The game changed early in the fourth quarter, when Detroit looked up at the scoreboard, realized it had a double-digit lead and went, ‘That can’t be right, we’re the Pistons.’ So they proceeded to shoot 1-16 to start the final 12 minutes, allowing Oklahoma City to flip momentum during an explosive 17-2 run that directly led to the comeback win.

It was over when…

…KD iced ‘em again. Durant drilled an awkward but effective leaner with 47 seconds left to take a three-point lead, then pushed it to five moments later with two clutch free throws. With Kobe aging and LeBron passing, Durant’s late-game heroics have become the most reliable in the league. And he did it again on Monday night.

Line of the night

Russell Westbrook – 11/25 shooting for a season-high 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and only two turnovers.

Stat of the night

The Thunder went 1-9 from three on Monday night, marking the lowest number of threes for OKC since January 1, 2011, when the Thunder went 1-7 from deep in a 101-74 loss to San Antonio. That’s a span of 121 regular-season games with at least two threes snapped in Detroit.

Quotable

“Coach ripped into me a little bit, saying I wasn’t doing much on either end. So I had to respond.” -Kevin Durant on his mid game turnaround.

Tweet of the game

OKC had at least 20 assists in every game coming into this one.

Video of the game

Only thing more entertaining than this And-1 move by Westbrook is Brian Davis’ overzealous reaction. Sounded like he just spotted a UFO.

Up next

We’ve got our first big one in Chesapeake Energy Arena this season. The Grizzlies invade Oklahoma City on Wednesday night for a nationally televised slugfest between budding rivals. Both teams are riding impressive five-game win streaks.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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