Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder opened a four-game stretch against Central Division opponents with a comeback victory.
There may not be a need for heroics in the next one.
Durant and the Thunder have won six straight against the visiting Detroit Pistons, who will likely be hard-pressed to avoid their worst start in 33 years Friday night.
Oklahoma City (3-2) trailed by six heading into the fourth quarter Thursday before rallying for a 97-91 victory at Chicago. Durant scored eight of his season-high 24 points in the fourth.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Back in 1976 for George Blaha’s first road trip as Pistons broadcaster, he walked into the team hotel lobby and ran into Bob Lanier and Chris Ford, faces of the franchise. Welcome to the team, they told him, you’re one of us.
“Both went on to become NBA head coaches and Bob a very deserving Hall of Famer,” Blaha said. “From that day forward, I was a players’ guy.”
The Pistons could neither celebrate nor savor Greg Monroe’s triple-double at Sacramento, the rare feat of a center accomplishing what’s usually reserved for ball-dominant playmakers dulled because their defense again betrayed them.
Rebounding is often discussed separately from defense, but the Pistons’ 0-5 start should serve as a bleak reminder that a defensive possession isn’t complete until a defensive rebound is secured. And the Pistons in the early going have been worst in the NBA at the task of accomplishing the final stage of defensive possessions.
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