AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Oklahoma City Thunder is a month ahead of last season's pace.
Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead Oklahoma City to a 91-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
“We showed some toughness on the road against a playoff team and passed a big test,” Durant said.
The franchise is 2-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season, when it was in Seattle.
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The Thunder began 1-16 last season, its first in Oklahoma City, and didn’t get its second victory until Nov. 29.
“It is a big win, to go into one of the best arenas in the league and win their home opener,” OKC coach Scott Brooks said.
Ben Gordon had 25 points in his home debut for Detroit. Former Eastern Washington and Kentwood standout Rodney Stuckey scored 21, but he had just two assists.
Jeff Green had 16 points for Oklahoma City, Nenad Krstic scored 14 and Russell Westbrook had 10 points and 10 assists.