Paul scores 22 as Thunder beat Pistons

Chris Paul scored 22 points to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 108-101 home win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.The Thunder led for much of the game but never could stretch the margin to double digits before Detroit made a push early in the third quarter to come back and tie the game at 57.Oklahoma City then scored nine consecutive points quickly to ignite a 19-6 run overall and grab control.Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored six points each during that stretch, which lasted until two minutes remained in the quarter.The Pistons made a push in the fourth, cutting the deficit to four in the final three minutes, but the game never got any closer.Oklahoma City stretched its winning streak to four games and has won nine of its past 10.Detroit has lost seven of its past nine.Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 points for the Thunder while Danilo Gallinari added 19, Dennis Schroder 18 and Steven Adams 16.Oklahoma City shot 51.3 percent from the field, the seventh time in the past 13 games that the Thunder shot better than 50 percent from the field, even though they hit just 21.7 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

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