The Golden State Warriors used an 18-2 fourth quarter run to pull away from the Detroit Pistons and earn a 105-98 victory Wednesday night.
The Pistons were able to erase an early 13-point Warriors lead on the heels of an uncharacteristic 16 Golden State turnovers. A Tayshaun Prince jumper midway through the third quarter gave Detroit their first lead since the early first quarter, but it would not last.
As has become a familiar scene in recent weeks, the Pistons offense went cold in the fourth quarter as the Warriors defense tightened. A flurry of turnovers, missed shots, and offensive fouls was converted into quick scores for Golden State on the other end, quickly opening up a game that appeared to be hanging in the balance.
Andre Drummond scored 20 points and collected a career-high 27 rebounds in the loss, including 17 coming on the offensive end. Greg Monroe chipped in with 20 points and 9 rebounds, but combined with Drummond to shoot just 18-43 from the floor.
Klay Thompson scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to lead the Warriors. Backcourt mate Stephen Curry, meanwhile, was bottled up in some respects, dishing 11 assists but shooting just 4-15 from the field.
The loss is Detroit's eighth in a row heading into another tough matchup on Friday when they travel to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers.
Key Notes & Observations
- Reggie Jackson provided a measured performance, scoring 14 points (7-15 shooting) and dishing 9 assists.
- Tayshaun Prince came off the bench for the first time in his second go-around with the Pistons, spelling Caron Butler and scoring 8 points a part of the second unit.