Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Jeff Green's layup with 2.5 seconds left was the difference, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-104 win over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Charlie Villanueva had just given the Pistons a 104-103 lead with 7.5 ticks left on a wide-open three-pointer from the corner, and the Thunder had one last chance to win the game.
Green took the inbound pass and looked for Kevin Durant, who scored 30 points in the game. Durant was covered, so Green decided to take Ben Wallace to the basket down the lane on the right side. Green got to the hoop with ease, banking the ball off the glass from in close.
Detroit never got a final shot off.
Green finished with 21 points for the Thunder, who have started 2-0 for the second straight year. Russell Westbrook had 17 points and 11 assists, while Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Ben Gordon scored 32 points in a reserve role for the Pistons, who last started 0-2 in 1999-2000. Rodney Stuckey provided 24 points and nine assists, and Richard Hamilton had 14.
Villanueva finished with 12 points.