AI hits last-second shot to lift Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. —Allen Iverson’s off-balance runner with 0.2 seconds left gave the Detroit Pistons a 90-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

Detroit has won eight straight against the Thunder, and haven’t lost to them at the Palace since the then-Supersonics won 93-72 on Dec. 12, 2003. The Pistons didn’t have an easy time Friday, though, struggling to beat an Oklahoma City team that fell to 3-27 with the loss.

After Iverson’s off-balance jumper, Jeff Green nearly tipped in a halfcourt alley-oop, but the ball bounced twice off the rim before falling harmlessly away.

Iverson led the Pistons with 22 points and Tayshaun Prince added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Durant had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder.

The Pistons looked sluggish for most of the first three quarters. Oklahoma City only shot 39 percent through three periods, but only trailed 66-63 heading into the fourth.

Detroit, though, took advantage of two Thunder turnovers in the first minute of the final period to expand its lead to seven, 70-63.

The Pistons were up 14 midway through the fourth, but an 11-0 run pulled Oklahoma City to 84-81 with 2 minutes left.

Iverson then threw the ball away, and Durant’s jumper made it a one-point game with 1:33 left. Rodney Stuckey answered with a driving layup, but Iverson fouled Russell Westbrook, and the rookie split the free throws to make it 86-84.

Stuckey then shot an airball, and the Thunder called timeout with 54 seconds left. Durant beat Prince for the tying layup, but Stuckey found Antonio McDyess for an open layup with 27.2 seconds to go.

Joe Smith made it 88-all with a 20-footer—the eighth straight shot made by Oklahoma City. Iverson ran the clock down to five seconds before heading for the basket and throwing in a runner while surrounded by defenders.