If we learned anything last season, it’s that Rodney Stuckey has the Thunder’s number, and I’ll frown at anyone who says that Stuckey isn’t really a point guard; tonight he rattled off 24 points and served up nine assists. And the Pistons have one of the best sixth men: Ben Gordon, who was good for 32. Despite all this, Detroit trailed most of the game, getting a one-point lead with 7.5 seconds on the clock, only to see Jeff Green slash his way to the rim with 2.5 left, giving Oklahoma City its first road win, 105-104.
Uncle Jeff, in fact, played more minutes than anyone (42), and if he’s looking these days like someone in a contract year, well, he has his reasons. Another milestone: Serge Ibaka’s first double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds). And it’s a measure of Kevin Durant’s putative greatness that he didn’t shoot worth squat nine of 24 from the floor and still got 30 points. In fact, the Thunder generally didn’t shoot worth squat: 38.8 percent. Meanwhile, the Pistons’ perimeter shooting was even better than usual: eight treys in twelve tries, while OKC was missing 13 of 15.
Still, even an uncomfortable W is still a W, and it’s always fun to see a sellout at the Palace at Auburn Hills, something that didn’t happen too often last season. Next outing is back home at the Unforded Center, against the Jazz.