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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Klay Thompson found his shooting stroke and Warriors fans roared at every chance. Just like the old days.
Thompson had 21 points, reigning scoring champ Stephen Curry added 18 and Golden State returned from a tough trip to beat the Detroit Pistons 102-86 on Tuesday night.
“I had a great time tonight, wish I made a couple more shots, but I just had a great time, it was fun,” said Thompson, who knows he will continue to regain his rhythm in time. “I don’t care if I miss 100 shots in a row, I’m never going to stop shooting the ball. I love it too much and I work too hard not to.”
Pistons beat Magic 97-92 in matchup of NBA's 2 worst teams
DETROIT (AP) — Trey Lyles scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Pistons won for the third time in five games, beating the Orlando Magic 97-92 on Saturday night in a matchup of the NBA's two worst teams. “We know they are going through a lot of the same things that we are this season,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “These are two teams learning how to win close games down the stretch, and there were a lot of mistakes down the stretch, but we made some nice plays as well.” After ending last year with 18 losses in 19 games, the Pistons have beaten San Antonio, Milwaukee and the Magic since New Year's Day. They improved to 8-30.
Curry, back after a one-game absence, shot 6 for 11 with four 3-pointers and added eight assists. He fell on his right hand during a win at Chicago on Friday, then missed Sunday's 119-99 loss at Minnesota.
“It happens fast,” teammate Andrew Wiggins said of the Splash Brothers dominating. “They heat up fast. When they do it’s damn near impossible to stop.”
Wiggins scored 19 points for a Warriors team happy to be home for an extended stretch after having lost five of seven, including three of four on the road.
Thompson — cheered by the Chase Center crowd every time he subbed back into the game — missed his initial two shots before connecting from deep in his second home game since returning from two devastating injuries and surgeries that cost him more than 2 1/2 years.
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“It was great. That was probably his best stretch of however many games he’s played,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It was good to see him get hot and hear the crowd behind him.”
Golden State made six of its first nine 3-pointers to build a 33-22 lead after the opening quarter.
“Once they started seeing shots go in from the 3-point line, they started to get going,” Detroit's Isaiah Stewart said.
Stewart had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons in another lopsided defeat after a 135-108 home loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
Detroit reserve Rodney McGruder scored a season-high 19 points with four 3-pointers.
Draymond Green sat out for a fifth straight game with a left calf injury caused by a hurt disk in his lower back. The Warriors are being cautious with the do-everything veteran.
“They are doing plenty of rehab and he is making improvements every day,” Kerr said. “We’ll re-evaluate in two weeks.”
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Rookie forward Jonathan Kuminga earned a starting nod in Green's place and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He will stay in the starting five for now, Kerr said.
Kuminga, at 19 years and 104 days, became the second-youngest Warriors player to have a double-double behind Andris Biedrins at 18 years, 352 days on March 20, 2005, at Sacramento, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“JK’s coming along really well,” Kerr said.
Gary Payton II, who has overcome his own challenge with dyslexia,supported by the grassroots group Decoding Dyslexia California. Before his warmup routine, Payton high-fived the kids, posed for photos and offered words of encouragement.
Pistons: Former Warriors analytics expertand chatted on the bench with Golden State assistant Bruce Fraser. ... Detroit was averaging 15.5 forced turnovers per game, including 8.2 steals, but the Warriors had 13 turnovers. ... All four of Detroit’s losses since New Year’s Day had been by at least 27 points. The Pistons pulled within 20 to begin the fourth after falling behind by as many as 34.
Warriors: Kevon Looney's eight first-quarter rebounds matched his career best for any period, and he wound up with 10 boards — his third straight game with double-digit rebounds to match a career-high streak also done from May 6-10 last year. ... Veteran G/F Andre Iguodala sat out as a precaution with a left hip injury. ... Golden State is 9-0 at home vs. the Eastern Conference and 19-3 overall at Chase Center.
Pistons: Visit the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, having won seven of their last 13 road games in the series.
Warriors: Host the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night to continue a seven-game stretch at home.
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Janie Mccauley, The Associated Press
Shock Torque and Footwurf: MAVs by Warriors Supplies .
The Dallas Mavericks must insert a delicate defeat in the NBA - including injury shock. The Warriors meet against the team around Luka Doncic much too easy. © Provided by sport1.de Shock torque and outward: MAVs from Warriors Supplies The Dallas Mavericks have experienced a bitter evening at the duel with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. The team around Superstar Luka Doncic went under 92: 130 - and although Steph Curry had slight problems with the accuracy on the other side.