Andre Roberson officially out for the season with knee injury

Andre Roberson officially out for the season with knee injury”

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony became the 21st player in National Basketball Association history to reach 25,000 points in Saturday's 121-108 win over the Detroit Pistons.

So in theory, Oklahoma City should improve offensively to make up some of the defensive hit.

In eight of its 21 losses, Philadelphia has led by 11 or more points. This is their first meeting since November 24th 2017, a game Detroit won by the score of 99-98 (Pistons rally from 15 down in 3rd quarter). Yet the difference has been marginal so far: The Thunder scored 1.8 percent more efficiently than the opponent's typical defensive rating during the 10 games Roberson has missed, as compared to 1.3 percent better than usual with him in the lineup. "Because I know how it is".

"Those guys all played really well, particularly Westbrook", Stan Van Gundy said.

"Obviously, we're frustrated as a team, just like we were frustrated last game when we lost", Harris said.

Not to be outdone, LeBron James posted a rare quadruple-double (26 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, career-worst 11 turnovers).

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Roberson played 39 games this season, averaging 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

Philadelphia ranks 30th in the National Basketball Association in ball protection (turnover percentage of 16.9 percent), while the pesky defense of Oklahoma City forces the most turnovers in the National Basketball Association (15.7 percent).

"It's tough", Westbrook said. "A lot of things that's not seen on the court, a lot of things not seen in the stat sheet - and that's a huge part". I'll eat the bucket with the home team here.

NEW ORLEANS - Blake Griffin had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and made a crushing 3-pointer with 43 seconds left, leading Los Angeles past New Orleans in the Pelicans' first game since a season-ending injury to All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. A group of five Detroit backups helped cut the deficit to nine around the midway point of the fourth, but Oklahoma City was able to hold on.

Victor Oladipo scored 24 points and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 21 as IN overcame a late 10-point deficit to beat Orlando 114-112.

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