Warriors clamp down on Pistons in 104-96 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm •  Published: February 24, 2014
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Stephen Curry didn't shoot all that well — and Golden State won anyway.

The Warriors figure that's a good sign at the start of a lengthy road trip.

"It's not necessarily going to be flash and fun every night," Golden State's Jermaine O'Neal said. "If we're going to have a chance to really compete for a championship, these are the types of games you're going to have to win in the playoffs. We have a fairly young team and these games like this build the character and the image of the team."

Curry had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Warriors clamped down on the Detroit Pistons in the second half of a 104-96 victory Monday night. Klay Thompson scored 19 points for Golden State, which has won four in a row. The Pistons have lost five of seven since firing Maurice Cheeks and replacing him with interim coach John Loyer.

Curry went 6 of 15 from the field and was only 3 of 9 from 3-point range, but he repeatedly found teammates for open shots on the perimeter.

"I tried to press a little in the third quarter," Curry said. "It didn't work out my way, so I tried to stay positive. Other guys were making plays, so it was kind of a team effort."

The Warriors were still without David Lee, who has been dealing with a stomach flu. Andrew Bogut returned from a left shoulder injury and played 29 minutes before fouling out.

It was the opener of a six-game road trip for Golden State.

Greg Monroe had 23 points for the Pistons, who scored only 13 points in the fourth quarter. The Pistons were only down 63-62 at halftime but couldn't replicate that offensive success.

"We took it to the finish line. We just didn't cross it," Loyer said. "You get to the last 2 or 3 minutes, that's what you are trying to get to in the NBA game. We have to get to the point where we can finish them."

The Warriors have won six straight over the Pistons for the first time since a seven-game streak from 1975-76.

Detroit trailed 95-94 after Monroe's layup with 4:11 to play, but the Pistons didn't score again until the final minute. Golden State was progressively stingier in each quarter, allowing 37 points in the first before holding Detroit to 25, 21 and 13 in the remaining three.