OAKLAND – A day after the worst home loss of the Steve Kerr era, the Warriors played like themselves again, beating the Detroit Pistons 121-114 on Sunday night.
For the umpteenth time this season, Golden State proved that when they’re engaged for a matchup, no one in the league can beat them.
They outshot, outrebounded, outpassed, outplayed and even starved off a late Pistons run for a much needed bounce-back win to move back atop the Western Conference standings.
Here are the main takeaways from the game:
Warriors couldn’t miss: A day after the Warriors struggled to find their shot, Golden State had their best shooting performance of the season, making 61.3 percent of their shots and 52 percent of their 3-pointers.
Klay Thompson scored 24 points on 10-of-17 from the field, including four 3-pointers in a bounce-back performance.
Blake vs. Draymond: In a matchup that would’ve been a box office attraction in 2014, Blake Griffin and Draymond Green provided an interesting subplot Sunday evening. Early on, Griffin attempted to challenge Green in the post, with little success.
Midway through the first quarter, Green found Griffin on a switch late in the shot clock, and, after a few jab steps, wasn’t able to get a shot off in time, much to the delight of Green, who tapped Pistons coach Dwane Casey and shot a blank stare at the raucous Oracle crowd.
Green’s defense help force Griffin to just 3-of-8 from the field in the first half, while Green had one of his best games of the season, finishing with 14 points, five rebounds and eight assists
Stephen Curry return: After a one-game absence for rest, Curry scored eight of the team’s first 10 points, finishing with 26 points on 9-of-19 from the field.
It was a welcome sight for Curry, who has been struggling with this shot over the last month.
Curry’s absence in Saturday’s loss was due in part to get him rest after 49 straight games on the court, and if Sunday’s performance was any indication, the decision was well worth it.
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