The Detroit Pistons pick up back-to-back preseason victories against the Thunder.
Why It Matters for the Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons improved to 2-1 in preseason action after a 118-116 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Detroit was coming off a week-long break since their last played game. After landing a 21-point comeback victory in their last matchup with the Thunder, the Pistons scrapped for another tough preseason road win.
Head coach Monty Williams played a deeper rotation of 14 players getting minutes. Williams let the bench unit close the late-game battle instead of placing the starters back in.
Detroit had plenty of scoring balance as six different players scored in double-digits. Rookies Ausar Thompson and Marcus Sasser led the way for the Pistons in terms of scoring. Thompson finished with a team-high 18 points and Sasser was right behind him with 17. Cade Cunningham returned from injury rest last game adding 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder By the Numbers
Free Throws: Pistons – 32/39 Thunder – 21/32
Points In the Paint: Pistons – 42 Thunder – 62
Three-Point Shooting: Pistons 12/36 Thunder – 9/32
Ausar Thompson: 18 points, 5-8 FGs, 8 rebounds
Marcus Sasser: 17 points, 5-12 FGs, 6 assists
Cade Cunningham: 14 points, 5-10 FGs, 6 assists
Jaden Ivey: 13 points, 6-12 FGs, 4 rebounds
Jalen Duren: 11 points, 4-6 FGs, 7 rebounds
What's Next For the Detroit Pistons?
Detroit will have little time to rest as they have a back-to-back scheduled for Friday against the Dallas Mavericks. This will be the Pistons' final preseason game before the regular season tips off next Wednesday against the Miami Heat.