Nothing came easy for the Warriors tonight, as Draymond Green, their main defender was injured with an ankle injury. Other than that, however, the Warriors fought hard and worked for a much needed win against Detroit, who has yet to beat a Western Conference team on the road. All in all it was a good night, with the Warriors gaining some distance from the 9th position, and Kobe Bryant injuring his ankle. To cap it off, the Warriors got a commanding 105-97 win over Detroit.
In the first period of play, the Warriors were very lively and confident early. They shot the ball at scorching percentages for the first 3 minutes of the quarter. After just 3:10, the Warriors lead 15-5. Their offense was rolling, and the Pistons couldn’t do anything about it. When the Warriors put their second unit in, however, the Pistons started to score. The second unit wasn’t scoring or getting stops, so the Pistons cut the 12 point lead to 8, with the Warriors leading 28-20 at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Warriors really wanted to outshine the Pistons and put the game away early so they could rest their starters. The Pistons didn’t want anything to do with that: they refused to let the game get out of hand. Despite Greg Monroe starting 0/7, the Pistons climbed back into the game, and kept their deficit small. After a few lead changes, the game was tied at 50 at halftime.
The Pistons really tried to slam the accelerator in the third quarter, but the Warriors were determined to get a win. Stephen Curry really lit it up and the Warriors started to show offensive signs of life. Harrison Barnes had a dunk fest with 3 dunks in the quarter, all assisted by David Lee. Slowly and subtly, the Warriors re-opened a double digit lead. Because they failed to play defense, however, the Pistons cut their lead to 7, 80-73 at the end of the quarter.
The 4th quarter was filled with desperation attempts by the Pistons, but the Warriors wouldn’t look back, and were eventually able to pick up the win. All starters contributed in one way or another, and although Klay Thompson really struggled, guys like Jarrett Jack and Harrison Barnes stepped up to back up Curry’s 31.