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Detroits last win came on Nov. 14, a game that both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missed due to injury.This time, Westbrook and Durant were healthy, and combined for 50 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists.Serge Ibaka added 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Thunder, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Detroit with 19 points.I thought Serge was tremendous, Durant said. He was chasing down all of those rebounds and scoring when we were kicking them out to him. We had possessions where we had three great shots and three offensive rebounds. Were doing a good job of rebounding the ball.Westbrook had a chance to clinch the game with 10 seconds to play, but missed a jumper, and Brandon Jennings and Smith led a fast break.Jennings drove the ball into the lane, but was facing Ibaka and chose to dish to Smith, who had stopped outside the arc. Despite only hitting 26.4 per cent of his 3-pointers in his 98 games as a Piston, he let fly, only to see the ball bounce off the rim and out of bounds.We only needed a 2, Van Gundy said when asked about Smiths decision not to keep moving into the lane. So go to the basket or move in. Youd like to move it into a range where he shoots a higher percentage.The Thunder led 77-75 going into the fourth, then scored the first seven points of the fourth, including another four-shot possession. Oklahoma City ended up pulling down 86 per cent of Detroits missed shots in the second half, and 45 per cent of its own.The first half, we kind of slowed things down by putting them on the free throw line, and we let them get into a rhythm, Durant said. In the second half, we were physical without fouling. Thats a balance you have to have, and we did a better job of it.The Pistons pulled back within 93-92 on Kyle Singlers 3-pointer with 2:18 to play, but Durant answered with his first 3-pointer of the game.Andre Drummonds dunk made it a two-point game with 31 seconds left, but the Pistons couldnt take advantage of Westbrooks miss.Detroit led 55-48 at the half, bouncing back from Saturdays loss to the 76ers, when it went 0 for 11 from the floor in overtime.Things changed drastically in the third quarter, as Oklahoma City began to dominate at the rim. The Thunder had one five-shot possession that ended with Andre Robersons tip-in, and took a 70-69 lead on Westbrooks 3-pointer late in the quarter.TIP-INSTHUNDER: Forward Mitch McGary was called up before the game from the Thunders D-League affiliate in Oklahoma City, but was inactive. McGary, who has yet to make his NBA debut due to injuries, is still enormously popular in Detroit because of his college career at Michigan, where he helped lead the Wolverines to the 2013 NCAA title game.PISTONS: With Drummond and Smith both in foul trouble in the first half, Stan Van Gundy gave Jonas Jerebko 13 minutes before the intermission, a change to the normal rotation. In recent games, Jerebko has gotten most of his limited playing time in the second half. . The Pistons had 14-game losing streaks in both 1979-80 and 1993-94.UP NEXTTHUNDER: Host Milwaukee on Tuesday.PISTONS: Host Portland on Tuesday. 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McCarron threw for two touchdowns and became No. 1 Alabamas winningest quarterback in Saturdays 49-0 victory over Chattanooga. His most memorable toss went for 3 measly yards. On his final drive in his last game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, McCarron found his little brother, Corey, early in the third quarter. The crowd might not have gotten excited, but their mom, Dee Dee Bonner, made her feelings known. "I literally could hear her screaming as soon as he caught it over everybody," AJ McCarron said. "I guess the rest of the crowd was, All right, great, 5-yard gain. And she was still yelling. The whole family was probably crying." McCarron completed 13 of 16 passes for 171 yards for the Crimson Tide (11-0). He improved to 36-2 as a starter, breaking a tie with Jay Barker for the school mark. McCarron and Alabama got an easy tuneup for the Iron Bowl against No. 6 Auburn to determine the Southeastern Conference Western Division champion. Both teams are still hoping for national title shots in a state that has claimed the last four BCS championships. The Tide defence produced its third shutout of the year, blocking a field goal against the FCS Mocs (8-4). "For me, it was perfect," linebacker C.J. Mosley said of his final home game. "We came out with a shutout. It cant get any better than that for a defensive player. We talked about this being a momentum game, going into next week and the rest of the season." Kenyan Drake ran for 77 yards and a 13-yard touchdown with starting tailback T.J. Yeldon sitting out to rest a sprained ankle. Freshman Derrick Henry ran six times for 66 yards and scored on a 5-yard touchdown set up by his own 27-yard scamper. Christion Jones scored on a 75-yard punt return in the second quarter for his third return TD of the season. It was atonement for Jones, who fumbled a return after Chattanoogas first series. Alabama outgained the Mocs 435-175 despite turning to the backups for most of the second half. McCarron and the other seniors were honoured in a pregame ceremony. The two-time national champion quarterback threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Norwood and a 38-yarder to Amari Cooper. Norwood had four catches for 84 yards -- all in the first half -- also in his home finale, including a 50-yarder. "It was kind of an emotional thing for me, too, at the end of the game, because a lot of those guys have meant a lot to the program," Tide coach Nick Saban said. [url=http://www.cheapgoldenknightsjerseys.com/]Wholesale Golden Knights Jerseys[/url]. "We really wanted to go out and play well for those guys." Backup receiver Chris Black took an end around 31 yards for a touchdown and Henry scored on a 5-yarder. Chattanooga started backup quarterback Terrell Robinson with Jacob Huesman nursing a knee injury. Robinson went 8 of 15 for 82 yards with an interception. He also ran 13 times for 37 yards. The Mocs had already clinched a share of the Southern Conference title. Now, theyre hoping for an at-large berth to their first FCS playoffs since 1984 with Samford getting the automatic berth with a 33-32 win over Elon. Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman pointed to Georgia Southerns upset of Florida Saturday as evidence of the leagues strength in his own teams post-season prospects. "Our conference, the Southern Conference, stinks according to everybody out there," Huesman said. "But weve got the fourth-best team in the conference beating Florida. If everybody thinks the Southern Conference stinks, youre nuts." The Mocs had a couple of scoring chances halted. Trey DePriest picked off Robinsons fourth-down pass at the Alabama 17 after Jones early fumble. AShawn Robinson blocked a field goal for the Tide, which has allowed five touchdowns in its last six games. "We lost 49-0, but at the same time we knew what we were up against this week -- the No. 1 team in the nation," Terrell Robinson said. "Theyre blowing a lot of teams out this year. We just wanted to come in and compete today, and I think we did that." Along with Yeldon, tight end Brian Vogler and cornerback Deion Belue sat out the game with injuries. Guard Arie Kouandjio sprained his left ankle during the game but Saban said he could have returned. As for the McCarron-to-McCarron connection, the Tide quarterback had been pushing for the chance for a while. Saban asked offensive co-ordinator Doug Nussmeier to make the call and told AJ McCarron exiting the locker room at halftime that it was coming. "If I had dropped it, he would have yelled at me in front of a lot of people," said Corey McCarron, a transfer who walked on. "That was one of the greatest moments of my life. I would never trade it for anything." 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