Pistons Handed Warriors Another Home Defeat, 115-107

OAKLAND, Calif., Sporting Alert – Avery Bradley and Reggie Jackson led four Detroit starters in double-digit scoring and the Pistons beat the Golden State Warriors 115-107 on Sunday.

Bradley hit five 3-pointers on his way to scoring 23 points on 8 of 13 shooting overall, while Jackson added 22 points on 8 of 12 with five assists for Detroit (5-2) which won three straight and four of the last five overall.

Ish Smith and Tobias Harris finished with 16 points, while small forward Stanley Johnson ended with 15 for the Pistons, who defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 95-87 on Saturday night.

“When our intensity and energy rises on defense I think we’re a pretty good team,” Johnson said.

Andre Drummond had eight points, 18 rebounds, five assists and five steals for Detroit, which shot 53.7 percent in the second half and outscored the Warriors 63-50 during that period.

Klay Thompson went 12 of 19 to score 29 points on his way to becoming the 11th player in Golden State history to surpass 9,000 career points.

With the home side trailing by 13 points late in the game, Kevin Durant made consecutive 3-pointers and then converted a dunk to pull the Warriors within seven points, at 103-96 with 4:40 remaining.

He then made a pair of free throws to make it 103-106 with 2:31 left, but Harris connected on a 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining and the visitors held their nerve to see off Warriors’ late rally.

“It just has to matter enough. Right now it just doesn’t seem to matter. Our guys are lacking in energy and focus and discipline,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.

“We finally started caring with six minutes left when we were threatened and we immediately cut it to three because we cared. But the right team won, karma was in the right place tonight.”

Durant ended with 28 points, six assists, four rebounds and two blocks, while Stephen Curry added 27 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Warriors (4-3).

“We’re really close to being ourselves,” Curry said. “For the most part those little things are keeping us from really opening up the gates in games like tonight where we had a pretty comfortable lead in the third quarter.”

Draymond Green grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds, but no other Golden State players reached double-figures in scoring during the defeat.

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Pistons: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Warriors: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

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