OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Jerami Grant scored 21 points against his former team, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 132-108 on Monday night.
Grant played three seasons for the Thunder and then was traded after the 2018-19 season. During his return, he looked at home, making 7 of 15 shots and adding five rebounds and five assists in just 23 minutes.
Frank Jackson and Sekou Doumbouya scored 14 points apiece for Detroit, coming off a 125-81 home loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday – the franchise’s worst defeat since a 44-point loss in 1994.
Aleksej Pokusevski scored 19 points for the Thunder, and Svi Mykhailiuk had 17. Mykhailiuk was acquired in a trade with Detroit last month.
Oklahoma City again played without starters Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (plantar fasciitis, right foot), Lu Dort (concussion protocol), and Darius Bazley (bruised left shoulder).
The Thunder have been blown out for three straight games. Oklahoma City’s 133-85 loss at Portland on Saturday was the most significant margin of defeat in Thunder history, and that followed a 37-point loss to Phoenix the night before. Oklahoma City has lost six of seven overall.
The Pistons led 42-19 in the second quarter before taking a 58-47 halftime lead. Grant scored 14 points before the break. Detroit created some distance in the third quarter and led 93-77, heading into the final period. The Pistons’ largest lead was 27 points in the fourth.
Pistons: Guard Cory Joseph was called for a Flagrant 1 foul for a body block on Justin Robinson in the second quarter. … Made all nine of their free throws in the third quarter and 21 of 24 overall. … Starters Mason Plumlee and Wayne Ellington rested.
Thunder: Forward Justin Jackson was waived. … Robinson, a guard, was added on a 10-day contract, and Jaylen Hoard, a forward, got a two-way deal. Hoard scored 10 points, and Robinson said nine. … Guard/Forward Kenrich Williams left with a sprained left ankle in the fourth quarter.
The Pistons visit the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
The Thunder host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
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