The Oklahoma City Thunder won their third straight game last night beating the Detroit Pistons 105-94 at home to improve to 4-2 on the year.
The Pistons are the NBA’ worst right now at 0-6 and looked the part last night. They shot 41.4 percent from the field while allowing OKC to shoot 53.5 percent.
The lone bright spot for the Pistons was rookie Andre Drummond scoring a career-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
On to the Game Grades for the Thunder players:
Kevin Durant – 38 minutes, 25 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists – B+
Through six games, 25 points is a season-high for Durant this year. The 13 rebounds are not however as he continues to hit the glass hard, especially on the defensive end. He was solid last night hitting both of his threes but still not the dominant scorer we are used to seeing from him. It’s really only a matter of time though until that Durant emerges again.
Russell Westbrook – 31 minutes, 10 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds – C
Westbrook has really struggled out of the gates shooting the ball. He went 3-of-10 last night from the field and his shooting just 36.4 percent from the field on the year. Luckily for OKC, he has been able to do other things like defend and get assists while others are stepping up in the scoring department. Detroit just seemed like the perfect team for Westbrook to go off scoring against and it wasn’t the case.
Serge Ibaka – 35 minutes, 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks – A+
Ibaka scored a career-high 25 last night and scored 20 or more points in two straight games for the first time in his career. He’s one of the players picking up the Westbrook slack right now. He’s been great from midrange and last night was very good catching and finishing around the rim.
Kevin Martin – 33 minutes, 16 points, 2 assists, 3 steals – B-
Martin struggled from the field more than usual last night as he shot 2-of-9 from three. But he continues his streak of 15 or more points in all six games this regular season. He’s giving the Thunder exactly what they had hoped for and becoming more and more versatile with how he gets his points in each game.
Kendrick Perkins – 29 minutes, 9 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists – A
This is about the best you can get out of Perkins in a game. Teams always leave him open on offense and he made the Pistons pay last night tying his career-high with six assists. Of course, the Thunder played the Pistons even though in Perk’s 29 minutes which is why he isn’t getting an A+.
Thabo Sefolosha – 25 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Sefolosha didn’t get the big minutes he did the night before vs. Chicago but that was because OKC didn’t need that from him vs. Detroit. He was fine when he was out there and the Thunder were plus-10 in his 25 minutes.
Nick Collison – 19 minutes, 3 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Collison didn’t do much to stand out last night but he will have a lot of nights like that this season. Especially when Ibaka and Perkins play well, the need for Collison shrinks and such was the case vs. Detroit.
Eric Maynor – 18 minutes, 13 points, 3 assists, 1 steal – A+
Maynor is looking super confident shooting the three over the past few games and made all three of his attempts doing so last night. If he’s going to score at this clip off the bench then the Thunder are going to quickly forget about James Harden.
Reggie Jackson – 6 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound – C
Jackson as usual did nothing to impress in his limited minutes. It’s hard to imagine a situation where he would shine with this team right now.
Perry Jones, III – 5 minutes, 0 points – C
Jones came in for Durant to start the second quarter and didn’t make much of an impact either. He looks like a rookie just trying to fit in right now. It’s going to take more confidence in him from Scott Brooks and more minutes before he starts contributing much of anything for this team.