By: Colby Chang
The Warriors looked to improve their league best record to 51 wins against the struggling Detroit Pistons. The Pistons held a 23-40 record before this game and have gone 2-8 in their past 10 games. The Warriors had the opportunity to capitalize on this slumping team, especially as they have been struggling a bit recently themselves.
The first quarter began with a strong offensive showing from the Warriors, shooting up to a quick 20-12 lead after 8 minutes. Both teams shot reasonably well, exchanging three pointers and layups. The Warrior’s never relinquished their lead throughout the quarter, which ended at 30-25, Dubs.
In the second quarter, the Warriors extended their lead to double digits off a few and-ones and jump shots. Bogut contributed particularly well, keeping up quality interior defense while scoring on the other end of the basket as well.The Pistons made a small attempt to come back at the end of the quarter, cutting the 11 point lead to just 4 of a final of Spencer Dinwiddie jumper. The score at half was 55-51, Warriors.
The third quarter started with neither team pulling too far ahead. The Warriors kept their small lead until halfway through the quarter, when the Pistons were able to capitalize on a couple of missed Warriors shots and some key offensive rebounds. Nevertheless, the Pistons could never gain a substantial lead and the Warriors ended the quarter ahead by three at 79-76, even though they were outscored in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Pistons again attempted to pull away after a Jodie Meeks three and some Greg Monroe free throws, but the Warriors caught back up and overtook Detroit’s meager lead. A couple of key turnovers and a huge amount of missed shots from the Pistons ended all doubts about the Warriors winning this game. The Warriors finally ended the game on top by 7 with a score of 105-98.
Key Contributors: Klay Thompson was the only Warrior to score over 20 points, hitting 27 points on just 19 shots. Stephen Curry had 11 assists and 5 rebounds, putting on a solid all around performance. The Warriors overall saw some great team play with scoring all around. The Pistons saw some nice play from their young front court of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, both hitting the threshold of 20 points as Andre Drummond grabbed an absurd 27 rebounds.
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