SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 28 points, knocking down six three-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors raced to an early lead on the way to a 118-91 rout of the Detroit Pistons yesterday.
Kelly Oubre Jr added 18 points as Golden State executed the way coach Steve Kerr has hoped for on both ends — starting with a focus on rebounding that produced a 53-49 advantage on the boards. Now, the Warriors must strive to do it consistently and against the NBA’s top-tier teams.
Curry shot 11 for 17, including six of eight from deep, and Golden State found a far better offensive groove after shooting just 38 per cent in Thursday’s 114-93 loss at Phoenix — including 29 per cent from three-point range (11 for 38).
“I thought we were on edge in a good way,” Kerr said. “The other night we were embarrassed. We got away from who we are.”
Jerami Grant led Detroit with 18 points, and Josh Jackson came off the bench to score 17.
The Pistons, similar to Golden State, are trying to gain momentum but couldn’t build off a big win two nights earlier with a cold night shooting. At 5-15, they have the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Detroit was coming off a 107-92 home win over the Lakers on Thursday — a game with 15 lead changes and eight ties — having scored the exact same number of points in a 122-107 loss at Cleveland a night earlier.
“We just couldn’t find a rhythm. Their guys were making shots,” Jackson said. “We just didn’t have the energy and intensity that we normally have. I’m confident that we’ll find it.”
Golden State has won nine of 11 at home against the Pistons, who pulled off a 111-104 win in their first visit to Chase Center last January 4.
Because of testing protocols, the Pistons did more of a walk-through without a morning shootaround. Finding a flow is tough for every team, Detroit coach Dwane Casey said.
“I think it’s a byproduct of the season we’re going through, all the protocols, the unusual rhythm of the season,” Casey said. “A situation where it’s abnormal, it carries over to the court.”
THOMPSON ON THE MIC
Injured Warriors Splash Brother Klay Thompson, sidelined for a second straight season and this time recovering from surgery for a torn right Achilles, worked the broadcast as a guest analyst. And Curry got to hang with his pal late with the game in hand.
“He’s always very entertaining with his dry wit. I’ll be listening,” Kerr said. “When I watch the tape of the game I will definitely have the volume up.”