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Trans. Feb 29 6:40 ET (Feb 29 6:40 ET ) It's been a rough season for the Detroit Pistons but not all is lost, as some of their top young players have excelled and shown that they can be building blocks for a future playoff run. The best revelation so far has probably been the play of center/power forward Greg Monroe,...
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is the NBA's likely MVP for the 2013-14 season. While LeBron James might still be the league's best player, depending on how you rate such things, there's little question that Durant has put forth the best campaign of any player. Apart from winning his fourth scoring title in five years, Durant has improved in virtually every aspect of the sport and carried OKC through several lengthy periods of absence for co-star Russell Westbrook. It's hard to imagine him having done more to help his team.
In Wednesday night's regular season finale against the Detroit Pistons, Durant put an exclamation mark on his already amazing year. With the Thunder needing a win to lock down the West's No. 2 seed for the playoffs, the lackluster Pistons held a meaningful lead for much of the contest. Then, in the fourth quarter, Durant took over. With OKC down 111-110 and under 20 seconds on the clock, Durant took an inbounds pass, went to his left, and dunked on both Kyle Singler and Greg Monroe for the game-winning dunk. Watch it here:
The Thunder's 112-110 win secured a 59-23 record and a first-round matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies. Durant finished with 42 points on 14-of-30 shooting, plus six assists and four rebounds. He also had a fantastic dunk over Andre Drummond earlier in the game.
Naturally, Durant will not rest on his forthcoming MVP trophy. He has designs on his first title, and the Thunder figure to have roughly as good a chance as anyone else to get it. We'll find out over the next two months.
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Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night. Oklahoma City (59-23) had lost two straight to put itself in the must-win situation in the regular-season finale to earn the No. 2 seed. He drove for the go-ahead dunk with 16.5 seconds left, and after a scramble for a loose ball resulted in a jump ball in Detroit's end with 1.8 seconds left, he won a tip over Greg Monroe. Detroit's Brandon Jennings managed a 30-foot heave at the buzzer that banged off the rim.
Greg Monroe made 8-of-13 from the field for 23 points against the Raptors on Sunday with 10 boards, one assist and one block in 34 minutes.
The Scoop:His April was not going well with respect to efficiency, making just 38.9 percent from the field in his previous six games. Monroe was still about to put up a 15-10 average line in that span and he's still sitting pretty at 50 percent from the field on the year. The arrival of Josh Smith (knee) didn't seem to hurt him too badly this year and his sub-par shooting while Smith has been out is more of a coincidence.
Jeff Teague was in no mood to talk after the Atlanta Hawks missed a chance to win their third straight game. We should've taken care of business.'' Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each had a double-double and the Detroit Pistons snapped a 10-game skid in Atlanta with a 102-95 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday night. Atlanta has five games left in the regular season and a 1 1/2-game advantage over New York for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Paul Millsap had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks.
Joe Dumars is expected to resign as general manager of the Detroit Pistons. Dumars, who played for the franchise in a backcourt with Isiah Thomas, became president of basketball operations in 2000 and has been part of the Pistons for 29 years. Praised for his early work as a roster architect after the team lost centerpiece Grant Hill in Dumars' first offseason in the front office, recent moves have not panned out. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the Pistons signed forward Josh Smith and point guard Brandon Jennings to pair with talented young pivots, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
Greg Monroe hit 10-of-24 shots for 21 points, 13 rebounds and two steals in Tuesday's win over the Hawks.
The Scoop:Monroe is one guy who hasn't slowed down late in the season and was probably even better tonight with Josh Smith getting scratched late with a sore patella. Keep rolling him out there untll further notice.
Rodney Stuckey came off the bench to score 26 points and help the Detroit Pistons rally for a 115-111 win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. The Pistons trailed by as many as 19 points in third quarter and were down 95-85 at the start of the fourth before going on a 15-4 run that gave them their first lead since early in the game. Jerryd Bayless tried for a go-ahead shot in the final seconds but his 3-point try rimmed out. Greg Monroe scored 21 points, Brandon Jennings had 20 and Andre Drummond added 19 and 20 rebounds to help Detroit end a two-game skid.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.-- Reserve guard Rodney Stuckey had 26 points and the Detroit Pistons staved off playoff elimination with a 115-111 victory over the short-handed Boston Celtics on Saturday night at The Palace. Pistons center Andre Drummond notched his fourth consecutive double-double and Eastern Conference-high 52nd this season with 19 points and 20 rebounds. Power forward Greg Monroe added 21 points and seven rebounds and point guard Brandon Jennings chipped in 20 points for the Pistons. Detroit (28-49), which had lost 10 of its last 12, can be eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday if New York defeats Miami or Atlanta beats Indiana.
''Once you're not playing well and you finally get a win, the hardest part is maintaining that consistency,'' Paul George said. ''You have to understand that it's going to be different every night, but you got to find a way to build off the first win.'' George had 27 points and 13 rebounds, David West scored 15 points and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid with a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. George hit a 3-pointer from 35-feet to give the Pacers a 94-90 lead with 3:19 remaining and Indiana never trailed the rest of the way. Josh Smith scored 15 of his 24 points in the first quarter and finished with five rebounds, and Greg Monroe added 16 points for the Pistons, who have lost four of their last five games.
The Scoop: None.
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Kevin Durant scores 42 as Thunder slip by Pistons (Automated Insights) (3 Days Ago | courtesy: Automated Insights) Kevin Durant put up 42 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a close victory over the Detroit Pistons, 112-111. Oklahoma City (59-23) gets one in the win column after losing to New Orleans on Monday. More...