Drummond's 22 & 27 not enough, Warriors emerge victorious

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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.

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Ryan is a Farmington native who enjoys all things basketball, particularly when it involves the Detroit Pistons. He spends much of his free time combing through NBA archives and curating footage of meaningless late-90's regular season performances for mass consumption.