By PAUL GOTHAM
Isaiah Stewart (McQuaid Jesuit) grabbed a game-high 21 rebounds to go along with scoring 15 points to lead the Detroit Pistons past Oklahoma City 110-104 in NBA action, Friday night.
The double-double was the rookie center’s fifth this season and second in the past five games. He grabbed nine offensive boards and 12 caroms on the defensive end while shooting 7-of-12 from the floor.
Stewart scored four straight early in the third quarter including the game’s go-ahead bucket. With Detroit trailing 57-56, Stewart converted a tip-in for a Pistons lead. Next trip down the floor, the 6-foot-8 center combined with teammate Killian Hayes on an alley oop. The Piston did not trail again.
Stewart added three assists and two blocks in 32 minutes of action. He was a game-high +20.
Stewart leads all NBA rookies with 2.3 offensive rebounds per game. He is tied with Aleksej Pokusevski and Jaden McDaniels blocking one shot per game. Detroit (17-39) plays at Washington, Saturday night.
*Article was updated to indicate Stewart’s correct number of double-doubles this season.