Oklahoma City at Detroit

Last-second layup lifts Thunder over Pistons

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Oklahoma City Thunder showed Friday night they have other options when Kevin Durant is covered during a tight game.

Jeff Green made a layup with 2.5 seconds left, lifting Oklahoma City to a 105-104 win over the Detroit Pistons.

"Everybody in the gym thought KD was going to get the ball," Detroit's Ben Gordon said. "We did a helluva job not letting him catch it."

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The Pistons did an awful job of defending Green, who made the last of many easy shots against them.

"The play was for Kevin, but I saw he wasn't open," Green said. "I tried to get into the lane and either get a basket or get a foul."

Detroit was out of timeouts at the end of the game and failed to attempt a shot, allowing the Thunder to spoil its home opener for the second straight season.

Oklahoma City, expected to be a Western Conference power this season, was in control for much of the game only to open the door for a Detroit comeback in the final seconds.

The Thunder made their first 24 free throws and 37 of 44 overall, but Durant missed one with 14 seconds left and Serge Ibaka split a pair with 18 seconds to go.

"I was kicking myself," said Durant, who had 30 points for the second straight game after leading the league in scoring last season. "But I knew I had to knock the second one down. I owe Jeff something now because he picked me up there. Winning a game like that on a broken play is huge - Jeff really came through."

Charlie Villanueva made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds left, but Detroit's decision to deny Durant the ball at all costs backfired.

"Tayshaun Prince really did too good of a job taking the ball away from Durant," Pistons coach John Kuester said. "Jeff Green didn't know what to do but drive the ball and unfortunately, it didn't work out the way we wanted it to."

Detroit dropped to 0-2 for the first time since losing the first four games of the 1999-2000 season. The Pistons blew a seven-point lead with 1:40 left at New Jersey and lost 101-98 in Wednesday night's opener.

"We have to get better closing out games," Ben Wallace said. "We did everything to give ourselves a chance to win, and we let it slip away.

"It's a long season. If we keep continue to play the way we're playing, our fortunes will turn and things will start to go our way."

Gordon had 32 points and Rodney Stuckey scored 24 for the Pistons.

Oklahoma City took advantage of its ability to draw contact and make free throws for the second straight game. The Thunder were 38 of 47 at the line in the season-opening win over the Chicago Bulls.

Durant led the way for the up-and-coming Thunder and had plenty of help.

Green scored 21, and Russell Westbrook had 17 points and 11 assists. Reserve Ibaka finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Nenad Krstic had 14 points.

Gordon, who had his second-highest scoring game as a Piston, made 11 of 16 shots -- including a pair of 3-pointers -- and eight of nine free throws.

His teammates didn't get to the line much, combining to attempt just 11 free throws, making eight of them.

Detroit's Richard Hamilton had 14 points. Tayshaun Prince and Villanueva each had 12.

"I feel bad for Detroit because they've played well twice and not come away with anything either time," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "That just shows you how hard it is to get a win in this league."

Notes

  • Pistons owner Karen Davidson said she had no comment on the pending sale of the team and won't have anything to say publicly when the deal is done. "I'm going to hand over the keys and walk away" Davidson said before the game. NBA Commissioner David Stern said last week he was optimistic the sale would be completed in November. Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has been discussing terms of the deal for a few weeks during an exclusive negotiating period.
  • The Thunder had five players with at least two steals.
  • Pistons G Will Bynum didn't play because of a hamstring injury.
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The Thunder's Jeff Green (left) is fouled by the Pistons' Charlie Villanueva while going to the basket in the first half. (AP)
The Thunder's Jeff Green (left) is fouled by the Pistons' Charlie Villanueva while going to the basket in the first half. (AP)

Scoreboard
Oklahoma City 2-0 «26302722105
Detroit 0-221302825104
OKC:K. Durant 30 Pts
OKC:S. Ibaka 10 Reb
OKC:R. Westbrook 11 Ast
DET:B. Gordon 32 Pts
DET:B. Wallace 8 Reb
DET:R. Stuckey 9 Ast
Players of the Game
DetroitOklahoma City

R. Stuckey

K. Durant
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
24593081
Oklahoma City
J. Green, PF427-186-850221
K. Durant, SF419-2411-1381030
R. Westbrook, PG394-139-10611317
T. Sefolosha, SF291-12-27124
N. Krstic, C205-104-471314
S. Ibaka, PF286-94-5100216
D. Cook, SG160-20-01040
J. Harden, SG160-51-21021
E. Maynor, PG91-30-02222
M. Peterson, SGDid Not Play
N. Collison, PFDid Not Play
R. Ivey, PGDid Not Play
D. White, PFDid Not Play
B. Mullens, CDid Not Play
C. Aldrich, CDid Not Play
Totals 33-8537-44471620105
 38.8%84.1% 
Detroit
R. Stuckey, PG3910-184-659324
T. Prince, SF386-110-053412
R. Hamilton, SG295-102-240214
A. Daye, SF252-110-04036
B. Wallace, C211-50-18122
B. Gordon, SG3111-168-941432
C. Villanueva, PF274-112-271512
J. Maxiell, PF241-30-04032
T. McGrady, SG60-00-02100
C. Wilcox, CDid Not Play
W. Bynum, PGDid Not Play
J. Jerebko, SFDid Not Play
D. Summers, SFDid Not Play
G. Monroe, CDid Not Play
T. White, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-8516-20431627104
 47.1%80.0% 
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