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Pistons at Thunder final score: Detroit defense unable to contain Thunder, lose 106-88

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Oklahoma City stormed out to an early lead and controlled throughout.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Oklahoma City Thunder Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook earned his seventh triple double of the season this year and managed to do it from the background. The Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t need their superstar point guard to be a superstar to beat the Pistons tonight.

The Thunder dominated the paint, shooting over 50 percent from the field and out-rebounding the Pistons 43-32 in the win.

It was a disappointing effort for the Pistons after coming up with the impressive win against the Los Angeles Clippers last night. Tobias Harris carried the Pistons offensively, despite struggling with his shot at times in the game. He finished with 21 points on 18 shots, along with three steals.

Ish Smith was the catalyst down the stretch for Detroit. The Pistons made a push in the third quarter, pulling the Thunder lead to just four points behind Ish’s offense. But the Thunder were able to regain command of the game. Ish finished with 14 points on 6-11 shooting and three assists.

From the days of the Big Three in Oklahoma City being Kevin Durant, Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka last season, for tonight it was Victor Oladipo, Steven Adams, and Anthony Morrow. They combined for 55 points on just 31 shots.

Despite Westbrook’s triple double, he was mostly kept in check as Detroit held him to 8-22 shooting and 5 turnovers.

It was the opener of a road trip for the Pistons, their next coming in Charlotte against the Hornets on Tuesday night. Hopefully better results there.

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