OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nothing changed for the Oklahoma City Thunder before the trade deadline.
As a result, nothing appears to have changed after — in their first game since, they won again with balanced scoring and solid defense. Chris Paul scored 22 points and Shai Gilgeous- Alexander added 21 to help the Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 108-101 on Friday night. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Dennis Schroder 18 and Steven Adams 16 for Oklahoma City, which has won nine of 10. Most of the hype before the deadline involved Gallinari, the team's No. 2 scorer. Paul was happy that the Thunder were able to keep their team together. Oklahoma City is now 12 games above .500. Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson scored a season-high 28 points for Detroit. Christian Wood scored 27 points and Thon Maker added a season-high 19 for the Pistons. Oklahoma City shot 54.3% in the first half to lead 52-47 at the break. Late in the third quarter, Gilgeous-Alexander got the roll on a pull-up jumper and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but got the rebound and made a layup to put the Thunder ahead 74-63. The Thunder led 78- 68 at the end of the third quarter, then Jackson scored seven points in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter to cut Oklahoma City's lead to 85-78.