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Pistons Host Oklahoma City Thunder In Home Opener

(Sports Network) - Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will play three of their next four games on the road starting with Friday's matchup with the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Oklahoma City posted a 106-95 win on Wednesday versus the Chicago Bulls at home thanks to 30 points and seven rebounds from Durant. Russell Westbrook filled the stat sheet with 28 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Thunder, who got 21 points from Jeff Green.

"It's big. Of course, it's just one out of 82, and we'll see how it goes," Thunder forward Thabo Sefolosha told NBA.com. "But that definitely gives us confidence. Especially winning it this way, with the defense, I think that's big for us."

The Thunder will host Utah next before visiting the Clippers and Blazers.

Detroit lost its season opener, 101-98, at New Jersey on Wednesday.

Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince and Charlie Villanueva each had 14 points for the Pistons, who missed the playoffs for the first time in nine years in 2009-10 after finishing with only 27 wins.

"You think you might have the game in the NBA," said Pistons guard Ben Gordon, who ended with 12 points. "You can never count a team out and you have to learn from your mistakes."

Richard Hamilton netted 13 points in defeat. Detroit hasn't lost back-to-back games to begin a season since the 1999-00 campaign.

The Pistons may not have forward Chris Wilcox tonight. He is listed as questionable for Friday's game with a sore left hamstring.

Oklahoma City, which hopes to move to 2-0 for the second straight year, won both meetings with Detroit last season and has won three in a row in the series following an eight-game slide to the Pistons.