Detroit Pistons ride Killian Hayes for 110-101 win over Thunder

It was April 1, but the injury report for the Detroit Pistons’ road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was no joke.

A total of 17 players for both teams combined sat out with injuries. The Pistons were without Jerami Grant, Marvin Bagley III, Cory Joseph, Kelly Olynyk (remainder), Hamidou Diallo, Luka Garza and Chris Smith, and the Thunder had lost virtually all of their key players. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, and Lu Dort all missed the match with several of their cast members.

It was clear that both teams are in prime position for the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery. And despite the absence of seven players and the presence of Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart after the first quarter, the Pistons (22-56) prevailed, 110-101, to win their second straight game.

Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes (7) goes to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Aaron Wiggins (21) looks on during the second quarter at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on Friday, April 1, 2022.

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Killian Hayes had the best all-around game of his two-season career, finishing with a career-high 26 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Frank Jackson scored 26 points and Isaiah Livers finished with career highs in points (17) and rebounds (11) for his first double-double. Saben Lee also had a double-double with 11 points and 12 assists, and Jamorko Pickett had 13 points and made four 3-pointers.

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