"That's obviously a great win", Griffin said. He specifically cited the team's lack of spacing as a big issue. The Pistons finished with 14 offensive rebounds to Golden State's eight. They should be getting Draymond Green back on the road trip, which will help them get back to normal. "I don't care what Atlanta's record is, we got to play as hard as we can". We've gotta get better shots.
The former two-time NBA Most Valuable Player had 27 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes after having missed 11 consecutive games with a strained groin. He was 4-for-15 from the field and 0-for-3 on 3-pointers in the loss to the Thunder.
"I've had great games after missing substantial time before", Curry said. "I was a little bit more aggressive, decisive".
Golden State coach Steve Kerr blamed himself for the defeat, which saw the Pistons finish with 12 3-pointers and 14 offensive rebounds to Golden State's six and eight, respectively.
Kerr said after the 111-102 loss that the game marked one of his worst performances as a coach. "It's important to protect home court and I thought we did a good job doing that". "We weren't shooting 3s or getting to the glass". Along with a stretch of losing four straight games, the Warriors haven't played up to their usual standards. "None of that is on coach".
The difference in the first half was Leonard, who scored 17 points. Stanley Johnson had 13 points off the bench for the Pistons, while Thompson and Durant combined for 25 for Golden State. "Played a awful first half, pretty much set the tone for the game". "They are playing really well and we didn't do anything to take them out of their comfort zone". "Played a awful first half, and that pretty much set the tone for the game".
A half dozen Pistons finished in double figures.
Andre Drummond had 16 points and 19 rebounds and Reggie Jackson scored 17 points and made some big shots, including what appeared to be the clincher with 45 seconds to go. While the Warriors were excited to have Curry again since he could potentially create a much-needed spark for the team - they weren't fortunate enough to get a game-changing performance out of the star guard, despite what the stat sheets say.
Elsewhere, Emmanuel Mudiay scored 28 points and rookie Kevin Knox tallied a career-high 26 as the visiting New York Knicks outlasted the high-flying Milwaukee Bucks in overtime, 136-134. Just as important for Detroit, coach Dwane Casey was able to use his reserves for most of the fourth quarter in the first game of a back-to-back.
Despite the growing pains, Young has had an eventful first season.