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Friday, November 8th (All times Eastern)

Oklahoma City Thunder (3-1) at Detroit Pistons (2-2), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder shoot for a third straight win Friday when they visit the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Thunder have won two in a row since getting star guard Russell Westbrook back from offseason knee surgery and recorded a 107-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 assists, while Westbrook posted 22 points.

Serge Ibaka had his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who shot a sizzling 54.4 percent for the game and had 23 points off 21 Dallas turnovers. OKC had a 17-point lead at one point and the Mavs never got closer than eight points.

"We did a lot of things we were hoping to accomplish tonight, make some shots was one," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said after his team improved to 3-1. "And I thought the defense was good throughout the game against a very good offensive team."

The Thunder outscored Dallas 54-42 in the paint and 27-15 in fast-break points. They also handed out a season-best 28 assists.

Detroit will wrap up a three-game homestand (1-1) Friday and looks to rebound from Tuesday's 99-91 loss to the unbeaten Indiana Pacers.

Brandon Jennings, in his second game with the Pistons, led the team with 17 points and six assists. Josh Smith added 16 points and seven rebounds and Greg Monroe scored 14 and grabbed 10 boards for Detroit, which trailed 29-14 after 12 minutes and was outscored 17-5 to start the third quarter.

The Pistons cut the deficit to four (76-72) with 9:19 remaining, but Indiana responded with a 18-3 run to go up by a game-high 19 points (94-75).

"I wouldn't say (I'm) pleased. You're never pleased if you lose the game, number one, and number two, I thought they were aggressive," said Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks. "They got to the penalty. We didn't get to the penalty. I think those are huge differences in the game. They make shots to get to the penalty and make a few foul shots here and there. It paid dividends for them."

Andre Drummond recorded his 500th career rebound and 100th career block in a losing effort. Drummond, who had six points and nine boards, is part of an interior squad that leads the NBA in points in the paint (53.0 ppg).

After Friday's game versus the Thunder, the Pistons will travel west for a four-game trek against Portland, Golden State, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Detroit lost both meetings with Oklahoma City last season and is winless in the past eight matchups between the clubs. The Thunder have won their last three games at The Palace, but are just 4-10 there in the past 14.

11/08 10:36:22 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
PHI 62
CHA 85
 
3rd
PHI 62
CHA 85
 
3rd
ORL 66
UTA 81
 
Half
CLE 54
BRK 49
 
Half
BOS 53
MIN 48
 
Half
DET 52
TOR 52
 
Half
MIA 55
WAS 54
 
2nd
MEM 28
CHI 28
 
2nd
SAN 32
POR 21
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
2nd
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
2nd
LIB 88
CPNC 63
 
2nd
SCAR 64
CLEM 39
 
2nd
CMICH 88
CONC 58
 
2nd
MIAMI 33
EKENT 55
 
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
2nd
ODU 56
MDES 38
 
2nd
BUF 61
NIAG 43
 
2nd
KSU 51
NCAT 45
 
2nd
FAM 55
UNF 73
 
2nd
NORST 77
NARZ 50
 
2nd
DART 44
NILL 41
 
2nd
MORE 52
NKENTUCKY 73
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
2nd
STJ 45
GAELS 41
 
2nd
ALA 53
STILL 37
 
2nd
HAMP 55
TENST 49
 
2nd
TENN 52
TENT 51
 
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
2nd
MERC 38
COOK 26
 
Half
FLGC 38
FUR 34
 
2nd
CALST 37
SDKST 36
 
1st
MTST 26
CHAT 16
 
1st
NDAK 29
DICKINSON 11
 
1st
LAMON 31
LSUALEX 27
 
1st
PRIN 44
LIP 27
 
1st
LAM 42
MLGN 22
 
1st
MINN 33
SEAT 15
 
1st
LOYC 30
SUTAH 20
 
1st
SELA 44
WINT 32
 
1st
SILL 26
NO 16
 
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
ALAAM
 
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TTU
ARKPB
 
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DEN
COLST
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CREI
TXPA
 
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CAL
EWASH
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
IDST
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
2nd Intermission
NJD 2
TAM 1
 
2nd
OTT 2
ANA 0
 
2nd
DET 1
NYI 1
 
1st Intermission
WIN 1
BOS 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
DAL