Golden State Warriors 105, Detroit Pistons 97
The good news is the Pistons played arguably their best complete game I’ve covered at Life on Dumars.
The bad news is Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes were having none of it.
Curry scored 31 on 11-of-17 shooting and Barnes added three emphatic dunks in a 30-point third quarter that allowed the Warriors to fend off a Pistons team that doesn’t appear to be down with this whole “tanking” idea.
The Pistons dug out of an early hole to play an entertaining first half against Golden State, and went into the locker room tied with the Warriors at the half, but the Warriors pulled ahead early in the third and never relinquished the lead. David Lee chipped in 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists, taking advantage of a Pistons’ frontcourt that struggled badly all night.
The Pistons played without Brandon Knight, who sat with an ankle injury, but received a boost in the form of Rodney Stuckey, who scored 22 points en route to his second straight solid game after a brutal prior six games. Stuckey was aided by 17 points from Kyle Singler and 16 from Will Bynum.
Greg Monroe had a dreadful night, missing approximately all of the shots. He finished 4-for-16 from the field, scoring 13 points and looking generally unable to gain any kind of momentum. Jason Maxiell scored 8 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and over his past few games has proven he can be a semi-effective player when he doesn’t act like Jason Maxiell.
It was just a case of “close but no cigar” for the Pistons tonight. The Warriors are a tough team to beat when Stephen Curry enables his God Mode cheat code, and even Klay Thompson’s best effort couldn’t help the Pistons come away with this one (he shot 4-for-15 and was way off all night). I know it’s beating a dead horse, but Andre Drummond would have made a difference in this one.
I’m really starting to wonder if I’m some kind of curse on this Pistons team. Their only win since I joined Life on Dumars came against the Wizards, and they’ve managed to lose in a different way every time I’ve done postgame for them. It’s almost impressive, in an awful way. Who knows, maybe in the next game I cover, somebody on the opposing team will have a quintuple-double. It could happen.
For now, the Pistons will be heading to Portland to match up with Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers, and they’ll hope to put together a winning effort. Who knows. It could happen.