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:
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.
“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.
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.