NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 26 30 30 19 105
Detroit 23 28 19 32 102
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT22:00 , November 19, 2021
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 20,088

Pistons attempt to contain Stephen Curry, Warriors

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Golden State Warriors at Detroit Pistons

  1. The Warriors are 14-4 against the Pistons since 2011-12, including 7-2 as the visitor. Golden State has shot a collective 51.9 percent on field goals in the nine games between these teams since 2016-17, the best mark for any team versus a single opponent in that span.
  2. Golden State outscored Cleveland 36-8 in the fourth quarter of its 104-89 win last night. It marked the second time since the ABA-NBA merger that a team scored at least 35 points and allowed fewer than 10 in a fourth quarter (Portland vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 30, 2007).
  3. Stephen Curry had 20 of his 40 points last night in the fourth quarter giving him 36 career 20-point quarters -- no other active player has more than 25. His 85 three-pointers this year are the most through 15 games of a season in NBA history.
  4. After a 1-8 start to the season, the Pistons are 3-2 in their last five games. Detroit is averaging 104.2 points per contest during its current 3-2 stretch after averaging 94.9 in its first nine games.
  5. Cade Cunningham is the first Pistons rookie to record at least 15 points, five rebounds and five assists in consecutive games since Grant Hill in 1994-95. He is averaging 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists over his last four home games.
  6. The Warriors lead the NBA in both points per game (114.5) and field-goal percentage (.474) while the Pistons rank last in both categories (98.2, .408). Golden State is the only team with 100+ points in each game this year -- Detroit has hit that mark in only six of its 14 games.

Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey looks at the Golden State Warriors and sees perfection.

The Warriors have the league's best record at 13-2 after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 on Thursday. Detroit hosts Golden State on Friday in the third game of a five-game homestand.

"They're such a well-oiled machine," Casey said. "They know where each other is going to be, their spacing is perfect, their passing is perfect. They have a group of guys who are not only good shooters but they're excellent passers."

Golden State is one of the league's main attractions. So are the Los Angeles Lakers, who visit the Pistons on Sunday.

Casey says his team should not get more motivated to play those premier clubs than any other opponent.

"We've got no right not to be jacked up for whoever comes to the LCA (Detroit's Little Caesars Arena)," he said. "We're on that ladder trying to climb up to the top. We should be jacked up for anyone, not just the Lakers, not just Golden State, not just Miami. We're a young team that should be hungry. If we don't have that personality each and every night, you see how that turns out."

The Pistons are coming off an 97-89 home victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Pistons got a big game out of backup point guard Cory Joseph, who scored a season-high 18 points.

Joseph played just six minutes the previous game against the Kings.

"After that (Sacramento) game, I got into the weight room, I ran, made sure I kept my cardio," Joseph said. "Came in the next day, got into the gym and tried to just get that rust off, get that (bad) feeling off of me. Just tried to lock into this one. That was my thing. That's what I try to do, especially after those games. And then I was able to get it going early."

Stephen Curry continued his scoring rampage for the Warriors on Thursday, pouring in 40 points, including nine 3-pointers.

"Nothing surprises me anymore and yet I'm amazed, if that makes sense," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "It's still incredible to watch, but you sort of expect it. That's what greatness is about, where you want to see it, the fans come to see it and you sort of expect something to happen. Then he does it and you're just in awe. You're amazed. He's a special player, special person."

The Warriors trailed 81-68 heading into the fourth quarter, then outscored the Cavs 36-8 over the last 12 minutes. Curry scored 20 points in the final period.

Detroit must now figure out ways to keep the two-time Most Valuable Player in check.

"There's 29 other teams that are not excited about going against him because he's having a career year," Casey said. "Watching some of the shots he's taking, the more pressure you put on him, the further out he goes and he makes those shots. It's not like anyone is surprised now that they go in. He really, really spaces the floor, so your transition defense and your pickup point has to be as soon as he touches the ball."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 19, 2021

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