Jordan Poole stepped up in Stephen Curry‘s absence to score 22 of his season-high 32 points in the first half, Andrew Wiggins finished with 27 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 105-102 on Friday night.
Golden State started the fourth quarter with a 16-point lead and held on to win after Detroit’s Jerami Grant and Frank Jackson missed 3-pointers in the closing seconds.
The NBA-leading Warriors sat out Curry with a bruised hip, a night after the two-time MVP and the league’s leading scorer had 20 of his 40 points in a fourth-quarter comeback victory at Cleveland. They were also without Draymond Green because of a bruised thigh after he had 14 assists in 29 minutes against the Cavaliers.
Detroit’s Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick, had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. Jackson scored a season-high 27 points, Grant had 19 and Hamidou Diallo added 10.
Gary Payton II started in place of Curry and scored 12 points. Nemanja Bjelica had 15.
When Detroit coach Dwane Casey was asked before the game about the visitors that were sitting out, he said it should bother the Pistons. The rebuilding team, though, couldn’t do much about it.
Poole had 11 points in the first quarter to help the Warriors lead 26-23. The former Michigan guard scored another 11 points in the second quarter, giving Golden State a five-point lead at halftime.
Wiggins scored 10 points in the third as the Warriors outscored Detroit by 11 points in the quarter to take an 86-70 lead. Late in the third while Golden State was pulling away, Curry in warmups and Green in casual clothes were standing up and cheering on their teammates.
Jackson led the Pistons’ comeback in the fourth quarter, scoring in double digits to give them a chance to win.
Warriors: Otto Porter (foot) and Andre Iguodala (right knee) also missed the game with injuries. … Kevin Looney had 12 rebounds, his third game with double digits this season. … Golden State has won three straight and 10 of its last 11 games. … The Warriors are the only team in the league to score 100-plus points in each game this season.
Pistons: C Isaiah Stewart turned his right ankle early in the third quarter and kept weight off his right leg as he was helped off the court. That hurt Detroit’s depth at center with Kelly Olynyk out with a knee injury. … Detroit had won three of its previous four games for its best stretch this season.
Warriors: Host Toronto on Sunday night.
Pistons: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
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