For the first time all season the Oklahoma City Thunder have now won back-to-back games, and not only that, but they came against two winning teams! The Thunder continued its defensive resurgence tonight by dominating the glass again, and shutting down the Pistons offense all night. Allen Iverson was held to just 14 points, and no Piston had over 20 points tonight or double digit rebounds. As a team the Thunder out-rebounded the Pistons 52-35, including 14 on the offensive glass, and it was Weezy who led the way with 11 boards to go with his 17 points. Of course it was Kevin Durant who was once again the offensive star of the show tonight, KD put in 32 on 14-21 shooting, including 2-3 from downtown.
The game remained pretty close all night, but it was the 4th quarter that really separated the Thunder, and it was spurred on by a 13 point run to start the quarter. The scoring drought lasted nearly half the quarter until McDyess finally got the Pistons on the board coming off a timeout shortly before the clock ticked under six minutes left in the game. The Pistons really played uninspired basketball in the fourth, and it really seemed like they gave up as a team, and the Thunder just kept pounding away at them, trying to push the dagger through the heart.
And that was something to see for Thunder fans who had endured watching this team being unable to do that for the better part of the season. Its clear the Thunder are confident, and have finally learned how to play as a team, and learned how to get over that hump to not only win games but at times dominate the opposition. I think we're finally started to see the team we all expected to see this season, a team capable of winning 20-30 games, and if they keep playing to this level, that's still not totally out of the question. It'll be fun to see what the Thunder can do on Sunday night against the visiting Heat!