NBA Game Recap - Oklahoma City at Detroit
Wed Mar 4, 2020 7:00 PM EST

IND
100
MIL
119
F
OKC
114
DET
107
F
BOS
112
CLE
106
F
UTA
112
NY
104
F
MEM
118
BKN
79
F
ORL
113
MIA
116
F
CHI
108
MIN
115
F
NO
123
DAL
127
F(OT)
WAS
104
POR
125
F

Mar 4, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Oklahoma City (38-24)

38

31

25

20

114

Detroit (20-43)

32

32

18

25

107

Thunder blow lead, but outlast Pistons 114-107
Wed Mar 4, 2020 10:45 PM

DETROIT (AP) Danilo Gallinari made a crucial 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 114-107 on Wednesday night despite blowing a 16-point second-half lead.

The depleted Pistons rallied in the fourth quarter and took a 103-102 advantage after a 3-pointer by Svi Mykhailiuk. It was tight the rest of the way, and with the Thunder up by one late, Oklahoma City's Chris Paul dribbled toward Detroit's Brandon Knight, who hit the deck trying to draw an offensive foul.

There was no whistle, and Gallinari made a 3 with 21.6 seconds remaining to put the Thunder up 111-107.

"Those calls, they could go either way," Paul said. "I stopped for a second and didn't hear nothing. Saw (Gallinari) open and you just make the right play."

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points for Oklahoma City, which snapped out of its brief scoring slump. The Thunder had lost their previous two games, not scoring more than 94 points in either. They had that many after three quarters Wednesday.

Christian Wood scored a career-high 29 points for the Pistons, who are without Derrick Rose (right ankle sprain) and have been missing Blake Griffin (left knee surgery) for a while.

"That's one thing I love about this group, they compete and they are playing hard," Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. "We have a lot of growing up to do, and we have a lot of men in a lot of situations they have not been in before."

The Thunder shot 68% from the field in the first quarter, but led by just five at halftime at 69-64. They extended the lead to 16 late in the third before Detroit made its push.

The Pistons have lost nine of their last 10 and 15 of their last 18.

The Thunder entered with a half-game lead on Dallas for the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. The Mavericks hosted New Orleans on Wednesday night.

TRANSACTION

The Pistons claimed guard Jordan McRae off waivers, and he stepped in and scored 15 points.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Oklahoma City shot 61% from the field for the game, even after scoring only 20 points in the fourth quarter.

Pistons: Wood's previous career high was 28 points Dec. 1 vs. San Antonio.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Host New York on Friday night.

Pistons: Host Utah on Saturday night.

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Leaders

Oklahoma City PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 27 12 3 2 2 2
D. Schroder 23 0 9 1 0 1
Detroit PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Thomas 0 -2 1 0 1 0
C. Wood 29 -6 3 9 0 1

Team Comparison

OKC DET
Points For 114 107
Field Goals 46/75-61% 40/86-47%
Three Pointers 10/24-42% 18/43-42%
Free Throws 12/17-71% 9/15-60%
Offensive Rebounds 2 9
Defensive Rebounds 31 27
Rebounds 39 47
Blocks 8 5
Steals 13 8
Turnovers 14 17
Points Scored Off Turnovers 26 21
Points in the Paint 58 40
Fast Break Points 8 8
Personal Fouls 18 21
Technical Fouls 0 2
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - OKC Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Feb 7 DET 101 @ OKC 108 B. Brown 4 T. Ferguson 1
Wed Mar 4 OKC 114 @ DET 107 T. Ferguson 2 S. Doumbouya 3

Game Information

Stadium: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 15,138
Game Time: 2:12