Detroit Pistons ride Killian Hayes to 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 prank.

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 (rest), Hamidou Diallo, Luka Garza and Chris Smith, and the Thunder were down virtually all of their key players. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey and Lu Dort all missed the game along with several of their role players.

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

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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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