The Golden State Warriors cruised by the Detroit Pistons by the final score of 113-95 on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry led the way with 25 points, while Jermaine O’Neal chipped in 17 points off the bench. It was that kind of night for the Warriors (5-3), where their backup center played almost half the game thanks to their large lead.
It was evident from the start that the Pistons (2-5) were playing the back end of a back-to-back, having lost in Portland last night. Sensing this, head coach Mark Jackson played his starters for almost the entire first quarter, hoping to take advantage of the Pistons’ tired legs and build up an early lead.
His team responded. The Warriors began the game on a 16-4 run and scored the game’s first seven points. They extended the lead to 19 at the end of the first quarter, playing great team basketball as 13 of their 14 field goals were the result of an assist. The dime of the night came late in the quarter, when Iguodala delivered a beautiful behind-the-back pass to David Lee, who finished with an up-and-under at the rim.
The Warriors entered halftime with a 61-42 lead despite a somewhat sluggish second quarter. Lee led all scorers with 17 points at the half, including a nice bank-in tip-shot on their final possession.
Curry caught fire in the third quarter, scoring eight straight points and helping the Warriors extend their lead to 29 over the hapless Pistons with a 19-4 run.
Tale of the Tape
- Field Goals: 60.0% (42-70)
- 3-Pointers: 50.0% (8-16)
- Rebounds: 43
- Assists: 28
- Turnovers: 23
- Field Goals: 42.5% (37-87)
- 3-Pointers: 16.7% (3-18)
- Rebounds: 34
- Assists: 16
- Turnovers: 12
- The Warriors have trailed for all of 23 seconds during their three home games this season.
- Expect more blowouts at home for the Warriors. They have 17 more games at Oracle Arena against opponents on the back end of a back-to-back, like the Pistons tonight.
- The Warriors lead the league in turnovers per game, and tonight’s 23 turnovers certainly didn’t help.
- Many of those turnovers came from the bench during garbage minutes. With Toney Douglas out, the Warriors are missing one of the key components of their bench. Neither Kent Bazemore nor Nemanja Nedovic have shown that they are ready to backup Curry.
Tweet of the Night
Maybe this is why Bazemore isn’t ready yet?
While Mark Jackson talked to the team during the last timeout, Kent Bazemore watched people fire t-shirts into the crowd on the scoreboard.
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) November 13, 2013
What’s on Tap
The Warriors will take on the Thunder (5-1) 0n Thursday at Oracle Arena. Conveniently, the Thunder will also be on the back end of a back-to-back, as they play the Clippers on Wednesday.