Curry returns to score 26 and Warriors beat Pistons

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 25, 2019 11:07 AM
Curry returns to score 26 and Warriors beat Pistons
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

By Rob Gloster, Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 26 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the Golden State Warriors rebounded a night after a blowout loss with a 121-114 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday (Monday, PHLt time).

The Warriors fell 126-91 to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), but that was with Curry resting on the bench. He came back strong against the Pistons, and Golden State also got 14 points and 11 assists from Kevin Durant. Draymond Green added 14 points and eight assists.

The win moved the Warriors (50-23) back into the first seed in the Western Conference by a half-game over the Nuggets (49-23). The Pistons slipped to seventh in the Eastern Conference with the loss.

Blake Griffin had 24 points and eight assists to lead Detroit. Luke Kennard hit three three-pointers and had 20 points off the bench.

DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala sat out for the Warriors. Cousins is not playing in any back-to-back contests this season while recovering from a left Achilles tendon injury.

Green hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Warriors a 63-49 halftime lead, and Golden State led 97-77 entering the fourth. The Pistons got within nine points with five minutes left in the final quarter, but a long triple by Curry gave the Warriors back their double-digit lead until the final seconds.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Have lost 13 of their last 16 against the Warriors. ... Andre Drummond had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Warriors: After taking the previous night off, Curry scored the Warriors' first eight points. ... With their 50th win of the season, set a franchise record with six 50-win seasons in a row.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Face the Nuggets on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) in Denver, where they have lost eight of their last nine games.

Warriors: Travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Golden State has won 14 of its last 18 games against the Grizzlies and returns to Memphis on April 10 (April 11, PHL time) for its last game of the regular season.

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