Feb 24, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) dribbles the ball as Golden State Warriors small forward Draymond Green (23) defends in the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Take Over Late to Beat Detroit Pistons

The Warriors buckled down defensively in the fourth quarter to beat the Pistons on Monday night. Image: USA TODAY Sports

From the way the Golden State Warriors played defensively in the first quarter, one would think they would be blown out.

Instead, they buckled down, allowing less points in the following three quarters, and beat the Detroit Pistons 104-96 on the road on Monday night.

The Pistons scored just 13 points in the fourth, making just five field goals. They held an 83-81 lead heading into the fourth, where the Warriors took over. A 7-0 spurt late in game turned a 95-94 advantage to 102-94. Stephen Curry then hit a jumper with 30 seconds left to put the game away.

By no means did the Warriors look fully energized tonight. Without David Lee and with Andrew Bogut playing, but not 100 percent, the Warriors did look sluggish in the first game of a long road trip. Curry scored eight points in the fourth, but still finished a pedestrian 6-of-15 from the field for 19 points. Andre Iguodala had just four points on 2-of-10 shooting. Jermaine O’Neal and Klay Thompson were the only two starters with strong games. Thompson finished 8-of-12 with 19 points (including two dunks!), and O’Neal replaced Lee’s production with his second straight double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds).

However, their bench stepped it up. Jordan Crawford scored 15 points and and made four threes. Harrison Barnes had 11, and Draymond Green and Steve Blake both made positive contributions. The Warriors’ bench outscored that of the Pistons’ 42-15, picking up the slack for the starters.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Field-goal percentage: 46.3% (38-82)
  • Three-point percentage: 41.9% (13-31)
  • Rebounds: 44
  • Assists: 27
  • Turnovers: 13
  • Bench points: 42

Pistons  

  • Field-goal percentage: 40.4% (40-99)
  • Three-point percentage: 30.8% (4-13)
  • Rebounds: 45
  • Assists: 26
  • Turnovers: 8
  • Bench points: 15

Good to Know

Oh, and they’ve won four straight, the longest active win-streak in the NBA.

What’s on Tap

The Warriors’ next stop will be in Chicago to face the Bulls on Wednesday night.

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