Pistons stun Warriors at The Palace

Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:38am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Detroit Pistons led by double digits throughout the second half on the way to a 113-95 victory over Golden State at The Palace on Saturday, handing the Warriors just their fourth loss of the season.

Golden State's Draymond Green tried to play mind games with Detroit's fourth-year center Andre Drummond but nothing the Warriors did could throw the fired-up Pistons off their game in front of a capacity crowd.

"Draymond was talking, wanted to talk and wanted to do some extra curricular stuff after the play," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. "It was good. Andre wasn't having it."

Drummond stayed poised with a 14-point, 21-rebound, three-block performance.

"That's the way he plays. There's no hard feelings," said Drummond, who notched his league-high 34th double-double. "It's like playing your best friend. You can talk if you want, it doesn't mean you mean it.

"You're just trying to get the best of him. I intimidate people by the way I play. I don't need to talk."

The Pistons' starting backcourt of Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 20 points each. Jackson had a team-high eight assists and Caldwell-Pope sparked the defense effort with three steals.

Golden State (37-4) shot a season-low 36.2 percent from the field, just the second time the league's top offense shot below 40 percent this season.

"We know we're capable of beating anybody," Van Gundy said.   Continued...

 
Jan 16, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) hangs on the rim after a dunk during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons won 113-95. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports