The Pistons continued their west coast trip with a visit to Oracle Arena to take on the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors got off to a quick start behind the stellar shooting of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, leading by as many as eight points in the 1st quarter. The Pistons were able to keep the game close and cut the lead to five behind 18 first half points from Reggie Jackson.
The Warriors hit 57% of their shots in the game (44 for 77), but the Pistons countered by shooting a higher percentage from behind the three point line and hit all 17 of their free throws. The Pistons also were able to take advantage of Warriors turnovers (25) and a 17-10 edge on the offensive boards to slowly take command of this game. Ish Smith displayed his dazzling array of moves and helped break the game open by scoring 10 of his 16 points early in the 4th quarter.
The balanced attack, with 5 pistons scoring 15 or more points, was too much for the Warriors as the Pistons won 115-107.
A 4-17 night from the field ended Andre Drummond’s double double streak at 4, but he grabbed 18 rebounds (8 offensive) with 5 assists and 5 steals. Avery Bradley scored an efficient 23 points on 13 shots with 3 steals, including a key steal with a minute left in the 4th quarter to help seal the Pistons victory. His backcourt partner Reggie Jackson needed only 12 shots to score his 22 points and added 5 assists and 2 rebounds. Ish Smith scored 16 points off the bench. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 29 points. Kevin Durant had 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Stephen Curry scored 27 points with 8 assists and 6 rebounds.
Notes: The Pistons improve to 5-2 on the season and 3-1 on the road. The Pistons head back to Los Angeles for a Halloween game against the Lakers at the Staples Center. Stephen Curry missed his first free throw of the season.