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Lowly Thunder beat Pistons

Lowly Thunder beat Pistons
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Allen Iverson thinks he has a pretty good idea of what ails the Detroit Pistons , who dropped yet another winnable game with an 89-79 loss Friday night to the NBA's worst team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant led all scorers with 32 points, while Detroit's Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince each had 18.

It was Detroit's fourth consecutive loss, which equals the Pistons' longest losing streak since January of 2005.

"This is not the team I'm used to seeing," Detroit's Antonio McDyess said.

While several factors contributed to Detroit extending its longest losing streak of the season, its offensive woes were hard to ignore.

After trailing by just four points going into the fourth quarter, the Pistons did not score until an Antonio McDyess jumper with 6:14 to play that cut Oklahoma City's lead to 84-69.

In the fourth quarter, Detroit shot just 26.1 percent from the field.

"The only thing you can attribute it to is chemistry," Iverson said.

"It's not there. I don't see how you can have this many great scorers and be (near) the bottom of the league in scoring."

Entering Friday's loss, the Pistons were 27th in the league in scoring with a 94 points per game average.

Even in the face of yet another fourth quarter scoring implosion, Curry maintained it was Detroit's defensive and rebounding struggles that were significant factors in Friday's loss.

"We're not finishing the possessions defensively," Curry said. "If we would have rebounded the ball in the first half the way we shot, we would have been up."

Detroit struggled early on both fronts as Oklahoma City enjoyed an 18-8 rebounding advantage in the first quarter and outscored Detroit 5-0 in fast break points.

The Pistons were outrebounded by 17, which contributed significantly to their 16-5 advantage in second-chance points.

Considering how badly the Pistons were outplayed by the Thunder in the first quarter, Detroit had to feel pretty good about trailing by just three points after the opening frame.

Detroit went with a bigger lineup to start the second quarter, and took a brief 30-29 lead in the second by attacking the middle of Oklahoma's porous defense.

However, his scoring would not prove to be enough as the Thunder held a 49-46 lead at the end of the first half, and never trailed the rest of the game.

Detroit began the third quarter playing well, and took their largest lead of the game, 56-52, following a layup by Rasheed Wallace with 9:18 to play in the third.

But the Thunder quickly bounced back with an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach.

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