Pistons Shock Warriors; Win 115-108 at Oracle
After defeating the Los Angeles Clippers the night before, the Detroit Pistons (5-2) extended their win streak to three games by defeating the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors 115-107 at Oracle Arena.
Despite an abysmal 4-17 night for Andre Drummond, five Pistons scored in double figures, led by Avery Bradley with 23 points. Bradley also contributed three steals towards the Pistons’ defensive effort. Bradley was followed by Reggie Jackson, who scored 22 points while dishing out five dimes on the night.
At the end of the first quarter, the Pistons found themselves down by eight but were able to recover and outscore the Warriors in the next three quarters. With approximately five minutes remaining, Detroit took a 101-88 lead off of a Stanley Johnson three.
Speaking of Johnson, he has turned heads after his last few performances against formidable teams. Tonight, Johnson tallied 15 points, two of which came off of this steal and score.
However, the game was not over yet, and Kevin Durant dominated the next few minutes with a flurry of scores to bring the game within two. Detroit looked like they were about to experience a heartbreaking defeat.
Fortunately, the Pistons regained their footing and won off of clutch plays by both Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris, sealing the win in emphatic fashion.
After the game, Bradley emphasized that defense was important in taking the victory over the Dubs.
“I think (the win) started on the defensive end for us. We were able to get consistent stops and that helped our offense get going. Defense has to be our mentality every single game and it has to be our identity. Whenever we play that way it’s fun.”
Stan Van Gundy was satisfied with the bench’s effort in the victory, telling Fox Sports Detroit;
“I thought our bench gave us a good lift. You look at the plus/minus numbers of Tolliver and Bullock tonight, and then Ish turned it around in the second half. That unit really got rolling. I thought our bench tonight totally outplayed their bench.”
Van Gundy wasn’t wrong, as the Pistons’ bench outscored the Warriors’ bench 31-19.
The Pistons will return to Little Caesars Arena to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
Fun fact of the night:
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