Despite carrying a seven point lead into the second half on their home floor, Detroit was outscored in the second half by 15 points and dropped their first home game of the season to a team that won just 23 games a season ago. The Thunder are now 2-0 on the young 2009-2010 season.
Detroit was led by Ben Gordon, who was starting in place of injured Richard Hamilton. He scored 25 points (8-20 shooting) and grabbed seven rebounds. The other Ben, Ben Wallace, led Detroit in rebounds with 12.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder in scoring with 25 points, his usual, but the real story was the Thunder's big men outscoring Detroit's starting big men 30-10, which clearly proved to be the difference.
Detroit shot just 37% compared to Oklahoma City's 43%.
Detroit doesn't have long to get over this one as they immediately venture to Milwaukee for a Halloween night game vs. the Bucks.
I'll have more tomorrow.