Auburn Hill, MI (SportsNetwork. .com) - Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a halftime deficit to beat the lowly Detroit Pistons. Scott Brooks team might still be a little rusty with its two stars back in the lineup, but Durant had 28 points and the Thunder did enough to beat the Pistons 96-94 on Sunday. Durant, in his third game back from offseason foot surgery, made 10 of his 19 shots in his best shooting performance so far, and Russell Westbrook scored 22 with 11 rebounds and seven assists in his fourth game back after missing 14 with a broken hand. Serge Ibaka added 13 points and 13 rebounds in Oklahoma Citys fourth win in its last five. We did a good job of not only contesting shots but we contested their path, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of the effort. Defensively in that second half is what we need to do the entire game. The Thunder survived a late baseline miss from Westbrook when Josh Smith was off on a 3-pointer at the other end with 1.1 seconds remaining. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 19 points to lead the Pistons, who have lost 12 in a row for the first time in five years. Detroit was coming off an overtime loss to one-win Philadelphia on Saturday after also losing in overtime to Boston on Wednesday. Why dont we just go from the answers from the last two nights and run them again, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy joked at the start of his postgame news conference. It was after a 12-point win over the 76ers on Friday that Brooks admitted Durant looked rusty and said it would take longer than a few practices for the Thunder to jell with everyone back. They climbed out of a nine-point hole in the third quarter with a 13-4 run led by Durant and Westbrook. Later, the Thunder took a three-point lead on Durants jumper and had a 77-75 edge going into the fourth. Oklahoma City led by as many as nine in the fourth quarter but had to hold on down the stretch. After Kyle Singler cut Detroits lead to one, Durant buried a 3-pointer at the other end. Andre Drummonds dunk on Ibaka made it a two-point game with 31.5 second left, but that was the final bucket of the game for either team. Game Notes The Pistons have lost 12 in a row for the first time since a 13-game skid from Dec. 15, 2009-Jan. 12, 2010. Their last win was 96-89 in overtime at Oklahoma City on Nov. 14 to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Thunder, who were without Durant and Westbrook ... Drummond scored 16 points for Detroit, and Smith and Greg Monroe had 12 each ... The Thunder return home after a three- game road trip to host Milwaukee on Tuesday ... The Pistons host Portland on Tuesday. . - Joao Plata scored twice in the final 24 minutes, including the winner in stoppage time, to help Real Salt Lake remain unbeaten with a 3-2 victory over the winless Chicago Fire on Saturday night. . The Flames announced Monday that Treliving, a former assistant general manager with the Coyotes, will take over the vacant GM spot in Calgary. "Im ready for this,"Treliving said. ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Dicks Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year, while Kevin Sutherland followed his tour-record 59 with a 74 to drop into a tie for seventh. The 56-year-old Langer played all 54 holes without a bogey, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark OMeara. Langer finished at 16-under 200 at En-Joie for his 23rd career victory on the 50-and-over tour. "It doesnt happen very often you go through a tournament without a bogey," Langer said. Sutherland, the second-round leader, had five bogeys -- four on the first 10 holes -- and three birdies in the final round. Playing his third Champions Tour event since turning 50 in June, he finished at 12 under. Sutherland said he was pressing too much early. "So, I made some dumb bogeys," Sutherland said. "Just got myself behind early. I was surprised I didnt play better today. A lot of energy was expended (Saturday) and I think I had a hard time just getting into the round." Langer said he really wasnt watching the leaderboard. "I knew I was close," Langger said. . "I just tried to keep my head down and make quality shots. When I looked at 16, I saw I was one up on someone who had already finished the round and figured I would be OK if I just parred out." That he did, and won for the first time with his daughter, Christina, serving as his caddie. "I was more nervous for her than for me," Langer said. "We hadnt won a tournament with her caddying, though Ive won a couple with my son. Its always special when your kids are caddying." Christina is a junior at Florida Atlantic University. Austin had a 65, and OMeara shot 66. Langer, tied for fifth with Bob Charles on the tour victory list, earned $277,500 to increase his tour-leading total to $2,652,520. The German has three victories in his last five starts. Steve Lowery had a 72 to tie for fourth at 13 under. After challenging Langer for most of the round he hit into the pond on the par-3 14th en route to a double bogey and dropped another stroke on the par-4 15th. Lowery birdied Nos. 7, 8, 9 and 11 to take a one-stroke lead at 15 under. On the 14th, Langer made a 20-foot birdie putt for a three-stroke swing. ' ' '
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05 déc. 2019
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deficit to beat the lowly D