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Thunder down Pistons to clinch 2nd seed

The Oklahoma City Thunder fought off a determined and troublesome Detroit Piston team in their final game of the regular season to ensure they would finish the season as the second seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder came back in the final minutes to close out the 112-111 victory.

It wasn’t easy, and the Thunder found themselves playing catch up for most of the night. The sharp shooting Pistons were giving the Thunder nightmares as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did everything in his power to finish the Pistons season on a high note. He had 30 points included 5-7 from three point range. He wasn’t alone though as Detroit had a number of effective performers and avenues to the bucket.

Greg Monroe came close to a triple double with 22pts, 8rebs and 9ast while Andre Drummond collected 13 rebounds to go with his 22 points. Kyle Singler had 20 in the loss.

It took a huge game from Kevin Durant and a dunk to close out the game and the comeback for the Thunder to not only grab the win, but the #2 seed. Durant was superb – as he has been all season long – pouring in 42 points. He also added 6 assists and 4 rebounds to round out the performance.

Russell Westbrook played in this one and supported Durant well with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Reggie Jackson was the pick of the reserves with 15 points.

The regular season is now done and the Thunder have clinched the #2 seed which sees them take on the Memphis Grizzlies who ended the Thunder’s Westbrook-less post season run last year.

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