OKLAHOMA CITY —
But Eric Maynor and Kevin Martin both came off the bench hitting jumpers from all over the court for the Thunder. They combined for 18 of the team’s first 36 points to push Oklahoma City back into the lead.
Maynor was especially hot as he connected for two 3-pointers and was 4 of 4 from the field in the half. But he needed to be on fire with Russell Westbrook’s shooting woes continuing. He started the game 0 of 5 and ended the half with 2 points, but the Thunder led 49-42 at halftime.
“He was phenomenal,” said Durant, of Maynor. “Getting his legs back under him. He’s been out for a year. He’s getting his wind back. He was really good for us controlling the game and hitting shots and being aggressive. That’s what we needed.”
The Pistons found their legs in the third period. Stuckey, Drummond and Brandon Knight joined Prince in making a run at the Thunder. They closed the gap to five points and got Oklahoma City out of its game. But the Thunder restored order in the fourth and went on to earn its third straight win.
“Well defense, that’s what we take pride in,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Last night in Chicago, they were as physical as any team in this league. And to play a back-to-back knowing that we had to play good defense, I’m happy with that.”