by Eric Vandefifer
Pistons fans got to see one All-Star in action on Saturday night. Unfortunately, it wasn't a Detroit player. Russell Westbrook put up yet another triple-double scoring 31 points, collecting 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the Thunder's 121-108 win over the Pistons.
It was the reigning MVP's 15th triple-double of the season, and the 94th of his career.
Detroit hung with Oklahoma City early despite trailing by 12 points at the end of the first quarter. It stayed that way for the rest of the half with each team scoring 33 points in the second quarter. Paul George was one of three Thunder players to reach the teens tallying 19 points. Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony each had 14 points in the first half.
The Pistons were led by Boban Marjonavic’s 10 point effort off the bench.
It was a sluggish start to the second half for Detroit (22-25) as the Thunder started the third quarter off on a 15-0 run. That run turned out to be the difference. While Westbrook led the Oklahoma City with his triple-double, George fell just behind with 26 points, followed by Anthony’s 21 point effort. Anthony became the 21st NBA player to reach the 25,000-point mark in Saturday's game. The feat was accomplished with 8:30 left in the third when he was at the free throw line.
Tobias Harris lead Detroit with 21 points. Andre Drummond pitched in with another double-double going for 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Everything didn't go the Thunder's way, however.
Guard Andre Roberson suffered a serious leg injury in the third quarter. The injury happened when Roberson lost his footing while going up for an alley-oop from Westbrook. Roberson was taken off on a stretcher. It was later reported by Thunder coach Billy Donovan that Robertson received a patellar tendon injury, and the Thunder would find out more after returning to Oklahoma.
With the loss, the Pistons have lost their 7th straight game. They start a home-and-home with the Cavs starting on the road on Sunday and will hosting Cleveland on Tuesday.
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