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Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroder took turns in slowly but efficiently dismantling Detroit.

The trio of point guards all short north of 50 percent from the floor Friday while combining for 61 points in the Thunder’s 108-101 win against the Pistons.

It was a snapshot of the balanced scoring OKC has displayed all season.

Coming into the night, Gilgeous-Alexander held a narrow scoring advantage of 19.5 points per game over Schroder’s 19.3 points per game. Paul is averaging 17.0 points per game.

Diallo remains out of rotation

With Terrance Ferguson back in the Thunder’s rotation, Hamidou Diallo has fallen out of it.

Diallo has been a healthy scratch in back-to-back games. He’s competing with Ferguson, Luguentz Dort and Abdel Nader for minutes on the wing.

“We have a full complement of players, and you’re not going to be able to play everybody,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “The biggest thing for Hami is to keep himself ready.”

Diallo is averaging 19.5 minutes per game in his second season.

Getting defensive

OKC held Detroit to 42.7 percent shooting. The Pistons shot just 5-of-23 (22 percent) from 3-point range.

Explaining Drummond trade

Detroit shipped Andre Drummond to Cleveland at the trade deadline for John Henson, Brandon Knight and a 2023 second-round pick. It was a negligible return for a 26-year-old center who leads the NBA in rebounding.

But Drummond’s outdated skill set and $27 million contract had fallen out of favor.

“It was business,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Andre is a fabulous basketball player in our league. Everybody makes a thing about big guys. As long as that basket’s at 10 feet, big guys are still gonna be important. Now, how they play and the role they play on a team changed a little bit.”

Pistons gassed

The Drummond trade and a run of injuries left the Pistons in bad shape Friday.

Before tip-off, Casey was asked how many players he had available.

“Your guess is as good as mine,” Casey said with a laugh.

The answer was nine.

Six Pistons were out with injuries: Blake Griffin, Luke Kennard, Markieff Morris, Svi Mykhailiuk, Derrick Rose and Khyri Thomas.

Henson and Knight were not yet with the team.

Tip-ins

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander recorded a block in his ninth consecutive game. The only players with longer streaks are 6-foot-10 or taller: Nerlens Noel, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins … Billy Donovan lost a coach’s challenge with 4:14 left in the game. Dort’s foul against Pistons guard Reggie Jackson was confirmed … The Thunder has won nine of its last 10 games.

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<strong>Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) high fives Dennis Schroder (17) before the Thunder's 108-101 win Friday, a day after Gallinari had been the oft-discussed topic of trade rumors. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) high fives Dennis Schroder (17) before the Thunder's 108-101 win Friday, a day after Gallinari had been the oft-discussed topic of trade rumors. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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