Warriors find their way past Pistons

Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:49pm EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Durant fired in 32 points and the Golden State Warriors overcame a season-high 22 turnovers to down the Detroit Pistons 119-113 on Friday.

Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight assists for the Warriors (27-4), who won their seventh straight heading into their Christmas Day showdown with Eastern Conference leader Cleveland.

Klay Thompson added 17 points and JaVale McGee chipped in 15.

Warriors forward Draymond Green, who flew back to the Bay Area on Thursday for the birth of his son, contributed five points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy made a lineup change, inserting Joe Leuer at power forward in place of Tobias Harris, who had 26 points and seven rebounds.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributed 25 points and Reggie Jackson added 17 points and six assists for Detroit (14-18), who lost their fifth straight.

McGee and Durant scored nine points apiece in the third quarter as the Warriors led by as many eight points.

Harris kept the Pistons close with 10 points in the quarter but Golden State carried an 88-84 advantage into the fourth.

It did not last, as the Pistons opened the quarter with an 11-2 run, though Golden State soon regained the lead and two Ian Clark layups made it 102-99. Detroit scored the next five points but Curry answered with five of his own.   Continued...

 
Dec 23, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) gives five to head coach Steve Kerr during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports