NBA: Pistons battle back to defeat Thunder, snap 3-game skid


Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons reacts during the third quarter of the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on October 21, 2022 in New York City. Dustin Satloff/Getty Images/AFP

Saddiq Bey scored 25 points and the host Detroit Pistons rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-103 on Monday.

Cade Cunningham supplied 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak. Jaden Ivey had 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, while Bojan Bogdanovic tossed in 12 points.

Isaiah Stewart added 11 points with 12 rebounds and Hamidou Diallo contributed 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander carried the Thunder with 33 points. Mike Muscala and Kenrich Williams scored 11 points apiece, while Tre Mann and Josh Giddey added nine points apiece.

The Thunder outscored the Pistons 30-20 in the second quarter while grabbing a 63-48 halftime lead. Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 21 points.

Up 40-35, Oklahoma City went on a 9-0 run. Mann and Williams hit 3-pointers during that stretch.

After the Pistons cut the deficit to seven points on an Ivey 3-pointer, the Thunder reeled off another 9-0 spurt with the aid of two Giddey buckets.

Detroit opened the second half with three layups, two by Cunningham. That morphed into a 16-4 run, capped by a Cunningham 3-pointer.

Stewart hit a 3-pointer five minutes into the half to tie it and Ivey followed with another to give Detroit the lead.

Bogdanovic soon made a 3-pointer to extend the Pistons’ lead to six but the Thunder answered with an 11-4 run, which included four points and two assists from Gilgeous-Alexander.

Oklahoma City carried an 85-84 lead into the fourth. A steal and dunk by Diallo provided Detroit with a three-point lead early in the quarter. A Bey layup three minutes into the quarter increased the Pistons advantage to 94-87.

Diallo made two consecutive baskets for a 98-89 lead.

Muscala drained a 3-pointer with 3:51 left to cut the Pistons’ advantage to 102-99. Bey made a layup after a Stewart offensive rebound with 1:52 remaining to make it 108-101.


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