A third of the way through the fourth quarter, this cry was heard:
Threes aren't falling, but still time.
Down 10 with 8:04 to go.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) November 27, 2016
They weren’t kidding. But the threes never did start falling for the Pistons: at the time the team sent up that tweet, Detroit had made exactly one of sixteen treys, and they’d miss three more before the final horn. The Pistons did actually shoot decently otherwise, and all five starters finished in double figures, but the Thunder was trying to prove they could win the second game of a back-to-back, and both expected (Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, 17-13-15) and unexpected (Anthony Morrow had a season-high 21 points) strengths converged to put OKC up 106-88 and square the season series at 1-1.
Did I say “decently”? From inside the arc, Detroit was 35-62: 56 percent. And while they were only so-so at the stripe (13-17), they were decidedly more ept than the Thunder, who made 14 of 26. And yes, all the Pistons starters finished in double figures, but none of their reserves did. Tobias Harris made perhaps the best showing with a team-high 19; he delivered the Pistons’ sole trey.
Still, only someone like Westbrook can put up a triple-double on an off night: the Conquering Zero shot 8-22, 0-5 from Tripleville. The Thunder had a clear lead in rebounds (43-32) and assists (23-11), and shot a fairly stirring 51 percent for the night.
This home stand lasts only one game; tomorrow the team sets out for the wicked village of New York to take on the Knickerbockers, who are 8-8 overall but 7-2 inside the friendly confines of Madison Square Garden. Then it’s back home Wednesday to face the Washington Wizards, coached by a guy named Scott Brooks, and a Sunday matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans.