Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Warriors beat Pistons for perfect road trip

Warriors beat Pistons for perfect road trip

The Warriors finished their longest road trip of the season ideal.

Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 36 points in the third quarter, and the Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 102-98 on Friday night to finish 6-0 on the trip.

Stephen Curry is expected to be out at least two weeks after suffering his ankle injury Monday night in New Orleans.

"Just a great finish to just an awesome trip", coach Steve Kerr said.

The game ended up being closer than it probably should've been because of a turnover from Durant late in the game, but the Warriors closed the Pistons out partially because of how good Durant was defensively. In the final seconds, Reggie Jackson missed a highly contested layup, and Klay Thompson made two free throws to secure the win for the Warriors. "We had a couple guys open outside, but it is easier to see that on tape than it does when you are out there in the paint".

Problem was, the Golden State Warriors were in town. Thompson went 0 for 5 from beyond the arc and finished with six points. Golden State led 58-37 at halftime.

Golden State have dominated the third quarter all season, and Friday proved more of the same. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.9 percent from the free throw line. The Pistons scored the next four points and had the ball when Durant blocked Tolliver's perimeter shot and then dunked on a breakaway at the other end.

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It looked as though Detroit might be in with a chance when a 25-foot three by Bradley brought Motor City within two (100-98) with 22 seconds remaining.

No NBA team has had a flawless trip of more than six games. With a dominant defensive performance that featured 15 blocks, including six from MI native Draymond Green, the Warriors fended off the Pistons in a 102-98 final to cap off a flawless 6-0 road trip.

"I think our focus level was the main thing throughout this whole trip, especially with so much that went on", Durant said.

"Just proud of the effort that we gave from the coaches all the way down to the players".

Golden State enters with a 20-6 overall record and 13-13 ATS after a 101-87 victory at the Hornets, its fifth straight win. And Zaza Pachoulia, who sat out because of shoulder soreness.

Durant was active on the defensive end of the floor as well, racking up six blocks and joining starting center JaVale McGee (2) and Draymond Green with multiple rejections. The Jan. 3 game against the Mavericks begins a stretch of eight of 10 on the road. They missed one of the more thrilling finishes of the season.

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