The Thunder beat the Pistons 119-110 in Detroit on Friday night. Here’s some rapid reaction:
It was over when…
…Kevin Durant’s personal 6-0 run sparked an impressive 15-2 Thunder run to close out the third quarter. Detroit hung around a bit in the fourth, but that spurt was the game-changer, led by the Thunder’s star but aided by a trio of young and improving bench players (Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson and Steven Adams).
Story of the game – Steven Adams, again
In a matchup full of promising interior talent, Steven Adams was the best big. He outplayed Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, while outshining everybody else. In 31 minutes, the Thunder’s emerging rookie center had 17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a plus/minus of +20. It’s truly amazing how quickly he has developed. Even his most optimistic supporters couldn’t have seen this coming this quickly. We’re talking about a guy who scored more points tonight than he ever did at Pittsburgh a year ago.
Star of the game – Kevin Durant
Thirty-seven points on 15 shots. Eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Probably his best performance of the year. Definitely his most efficient. But because of Durant’s constant greatness (and the ever-expanding 7-foot bandwagon that is Steven Adams), it’s easy to take these kind of nights for granted. They shouldn’t be. This was an MVP-level showing and then some.
In his first road game, Russell Westbrook looked as rusty as we’ve seen him. Overall, he went 5-of-19 shooting, missing a number of makable shots at the rim. Nothing to worry about. His explosion was still there and he picked a good night to struggle.
Thabo Sefolosha went 3-of-17 from three in the preseason. He’s 3-of-19 so far in the regular season. Moving forward, the Thunder desperately need him to find his shot, which looks flat.
Stat of the night
The Thunder outrebounded Detroit and its massive frontline 52-42. And everybody chipped in: Adams 10, Ibaka 9, Durant 8, Sefolosha 7, Jackson 6, Westbrook 5.
Vines of the game
Check out these two plays by Adams. Impressive stuff:
Now 4-1 on the young season, the Thunder face Washington on Sunday in OKC. Tip at 6 p.m.