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Pistons overcome 15-point deficit to beat Thunder 99-98

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Another second-half collapse, another round of questions about Oklahoma City's finishing power.

After dominating defending NBA champion Golden State from start to finish two days earlier, the Thunder wasted a big lead in a 99-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Oklahoma City had a 10-point lead at the half and was up 15 midway through the third quarter before the Pistons stormed back, led by center Andre Drummond and bench players Ish Smith and Langston Galloway.

''In the first half, (Drummond) was not good. That's one of the reasons we were getting crushed,'' Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said about. ''In the second half, he was much better and we made some big shots.''

Detroit grabbed the lead for good midway through the fourth quarter and the Thunder missed 14 of their last 20 shots, including a final 27-footer by Russell Westbrook in the final three seconds that left Oklahoma City a point short.

''We're going to live and die with Russ taking that shot,'' Oklahoma City's Paul George said. ''He had a good look but it just didn't go in.''

Westbrook had his sixth triple-double of the season for Oklahoma City with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. He missed a long 3-point attempt on the final possession to finish 1 of 10 from 3-point range and 10 of 29 from the field.

Oklahoma City had numerous chances, missing three shots on one possession in the final minute.

It was the eighth double-digit lead given up by the Thunder this season on their way to a loss.

Smith finished with 15 points.

''Going into these buildings is going to be tough on us, but as long as we stay together and keep picking each other up, then we got a good chance,'' Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson said. ''It is always great to get a win on the road.''

Carmelo Anthony had 20 points for Oklahoma City, and Paul George had 16.

IMPRESSIVE RESUME

Since the start of 2009-10 season, the Thunder have the fourth best overall winning percentage among the Big Four professional sports, trailing only the New England Patriots (NFL), San Antonio Spurs (NBA) and Green Bay Packers (NFL).

WELCOME BACK?

Former Thunder guard Jackson made his first appearance in OKC after missing both meetings last season due to injury. Jackson was booed lustily in pregame introductions and in the first half of the game. His last appearance at Chesapeake Arena included a verbal altercation with a fan at courtside.

UP NEXT

Pistons: At Boston on Monday night.

Thunder: At Dallas on Saturday night.

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Key Players
A. Drummond
0 C
R. Westbrook
0 G
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
20.9 Pts. Per Game 20.9
9.6 Ast. Per Game 9.6
8.8 Reb. Per Game 8.8
52.7 Field Goal % 39.7
52.3 Three Point % 39.3
60.5 Free Throw % 73.0
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Tolliver 0:02
  Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
  Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook 0:05
  Reggie Jackson missed floating jump shot 0:06
+ 2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 0:28
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:34
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:34
  Shooting foul on Steven Adams 0:34
+ 3 Andre Roberson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Carmelo Anthony 0:47
  Offensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony 0:51
  Carmelo Anthony missed dunk 0:51
Team Stats
Points 99 98
Field Goals 39-84 (46.4%) 42-98 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 14-37 (37.8%) 8-32 (25.0%)
Free Throws 7-9 (77.8%) 6-8 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 49 56
Offensive 8 13
Defensive 35 32
Team 6 11
Assists 22 22
Steals 6 13
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 20 14
Fouls 17 12
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST
27 PTS, 11 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Pistons 12-6 2524242699
home team logo Thunder 8-10 2930182198
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 12-6 109.1 PPG 47.6 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logo Thunder 8-10 111.1 PPG 48 RPG 22.7 APG
Key Players
A. Drummond C 18.3 PPG 15.6 RPG 1.2 APG 50.6 FG%
R. Westbrook G 21.1 PPG 10.5 RPG 10.0 APG 43.5 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Drummond C 17 PTS 14 REB 3 AST
R. Westbrook G 27 PTS 11 REB 11 AST
46.4 FG% 42.9
37.8 3PT FG% 25.0
77.8 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 37 17 14 3 0 2 6 4 8/14 0/0 1/3 4 10 33 +2
T. Harris 33 13 7 3 1 0 1 1 6/15 1/6 0/0 3 4 26 +2
R. Jackson 25 12 3 4 1 0 3 2 3/9 2/6 4/4 0 3 21 0
A. Bradley 30 11 3 3 1 0 5 2 4/13 1/6 2/2 0 3 16 -6
S. Johnson 29 11 5 2 1 1 3 3 4/6 3/5 0/0 1 4 19 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 37 17 14 3 0 2 6 4 8/14 0/0 1/3 4 10 33 +2
T. Harris 33 13 7 3 1 0 1 1 6/15 1/6 0/0 3 4 26 +2
R. Jackson 25 12 3 4 1 0 3 2 3/9 2/6 4/4 0 3 21 0
A. Bradley 30 11 3 3 1 0 5 2 4/13 1/6 2/2 0 3 16 -6
S. Johnson 29 11 5 2 1 1 3 3 4/6 3/5 0/0 1 4 19 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Smith 22 15 3 4 0 2 0 1 7/11 1/1 0/0 0 3 28 +1
L. Galloway 16 9 3 1 0 0 0 1 3/4 3/4 0/0 0 3 14 +5
A. Tolliver 18 8 3 0 1 0 0 0 3/7 2/6 0/0 0 3 12 -2
L. Kennard 14 3 1 2 1 0 0 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 0 1 9 +7
E. Moreland 10 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 -1 -1
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 99 43 22 6 5 20 17 39/84 14/37 7/9 8 35 177 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 39 27 11 11 3 0 5 2 10/29 1/10 6/7 1 10 58 0
C. Anthony 36 20 8 3 1 0 2 2 9/24 2/6 0/0 3 5 33 -4
P. George 32 16 2 2 5 2 3 3 7/17 2/8 0/0 0 2 26 -11
S. Adams 37 12 12 0 2 2 1 4 6/10 0/0 0/0 6 6 27 +5
A. Roberson 41 10 5 0 1 2 2 0 4/5 2/3 0/0 1 4 16 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 39 27 11 11 3 0 5 2 10/29 1/10 6/7 1 10 58 0
C. Anthony 36 20 8 3 1 0 2 2 9/24 2/6 0/0 3 5 33 -4
P. George 32 16 2 2 5 2 3 3 7/17 2/8 0/0 0 2 26 -11
S. Adams 37 12 12 0 2 2 1 4 6/10 0/0 0/0 6 6 27 +5
A. Roberson 41 10 5 0 1 2 2 0 4/5 2/3 0/0 1 4 16 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 15 8 3 1 0 0 0 1 4/5 0/1 0/1 1 2 13 -2
P. Patterson 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 0 3 -1
R. Felton 9 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 11 -1
A. Abrines 8 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 4 +1
J. Huestis 12 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 1 1 -3
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ferguson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 98 45 22 13 6 14 12 42/98 8/32 6/8 13 32 192 -5