Durant`s Thunder hand Pistons another defeat
NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant had his best shooting game since his return from injury Sunday as he and the Oklahoma City Thunder dealt Detroit a 12th straight defeat.
The Thunder may still be adjusting to the return of Durant and Russell Westbrook, but a visit to the lowly Pistons proved a perfect opportunity to get things clicking.
Durant, in his third game back from offseason surgery on a broken foot, scored 28 points as the Thunder beat the Pistons 96-94.
Durant connected on 10 of 14 attempts from the floor while Westbrook scored 22 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists in his fourth game back after missing 14 with a broken hand.
Westbrook amply demonstrated his fitness with a thunderous one-handed dunk in the fourth quarter,
Serge Ibaka added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who survived a late baseline miss from Westbrook when Detroit`s Josh Smith was off on a three-pointer at the other end with 1.1 seconds to play.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 19 points to lead Detroit, whose 12 straight defeats are two shy of the club record.
It was another disappointing finish for the Pistons, who were coming off an overtime loss to lowly Philadelphia on Saturday.
They also lost to Boston in overtime on Wednesday.
The last time the Pistons lost 12 on the trot was their 13-game skid from December 15 2009-January 12 2010.
"Why don`t we just go from the answers from the last two nights and run them again," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy quipped as he opened his post-game press conference.