The Golden State Warriors managed to hold off the Detroit Pistons on their way to a 119-113 win tonight in Detroit.
Kevin Durant was the star of the night. with 32 points, going 13-of-18 from the field and snatching up 8 rebounds. Hometown hero Draymond Green earned his 10th double-double of the year, going for 10 rebounds and 12 assists as he rejoined the team after missing Thursday night’s game in Brooklyn to be with his newborn son.
JaVale McGee impressed, dunking his way to 15 points in just under nine minutes of playing time and almost single-handedly keeping the Warriors in it in the third quarter. Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight assists, but Klay Thompson would prove to be the clutch-moment hero of the night.
The first quarter started off with battle of runs between the Warriors and the Pistons. The Warriors built up a decent lead but continued to give it away via turnovers, a problem that would persist throughout the night. Most noticeably, in the second quarter. The Pistons went on a 9-0 run midway through the quarter, taking advantage as the Warriors repeatedly turned the ball over. The turnovers seemed endless and the Warriors’ best efforts on offense only got them to the half trailing by two.
The third quarter started off with a quick five points by Zaza Pachulia, including a key 3-point play, but quickly turned into the Durant and McGee show, as Durant went for a series of jump shots and McGee had back-to-back-to-back dunks. A rare open 3-point shot from an otherwise heavily guarded Curry ended the quarter with the Warriors up by four points.
Durant, who was the top scorer for the majority of the night, got called for his fifth foul in the middle of the fourth quarter and had to sit, but Ian Clark came in and made some key back-to-back layups, but turnovers continued to be a glaring problem. However, Curry kept the Warriors ahead with a layup and a three, and Thompson shut the door on the Pistons with a timely jump shot and a three to nail it closed.
The Warriors add on to their league-leading record, now 27-4, as they head into the much-hyped Finals rematch game in Cleveland on Sunday morning.