Anthony cracks 25000 points as Thunder beat Pistons

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With a free throw in the third quarter of Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony became the third active National Basketball Association player with at least 25,000 career points, joining Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James.

With 4:33 left in the third quarter, Andre Roberson slipped when he tried jumping for the ball and fell hard on his back.

On Saturday, Thunder swing man Andre Roberson reportedly ruptured a patellar tendon, likely ending his campaign as well. In 39 games this season, all starts, Roberson is averaging 5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

LeBron James flirted with yet another triple-double in a 121-104 win over the reeling Pistons. Roberson is known as one of the team's top defensive players.

"I've never seen a team where I thought in my 20-plus years in the league, they're not going to be very good because they've got too much talent", he said.

Oklahoma City fueled its offense against Washington by forcing 23 turnovers, which it turned into 36 points.

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"I didn't think we would make a shot", Brooks said to TNT after the first quarter.

Detroit's reserves actually outscored Oklahoma City's 64-25, but the Thunder's starters outscored Detroit's 96-44.

"We were trying to get a balance", Van Gundy said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

More often than not the Pistons are able to hang with most teams for three quarters, but if they allow a team like the Thunder to run riot in the third on Saturday night then they're no chance at taking home a win.

"We did a great job defensively of getting out to their shooters as well as preventing them from getting to the basket".

Detroit small forward Reggie Bullock, who missed the Utah game with a thumb injury, practiced on Friday. "The idea was in the starting lineup for Tobias (Harris) primarily but also for Avery (Bradley) to get a little more space on the floor, where guys have to play him".