Blake Griffin scored 26 points as the Detroit Pistons spoiled the return of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry by beating the two-time defending National Basketball Association champions, 111-102. He specifically cited the team's lack of spacing as a big issue.
"I expect him to be great for us the rest of the road trip and beyond", Thompson said.
Blake Griffin led the way for Detroit with 26 points and six rebounds while Andre Drummond added 16 with 19 boards. "I don't care what Atlanta's record is, we got to play as hard as we can". The group plays with a different confidence knowing the former MVP can get hot at any moment. I know we are top-heavy with our shooting.
The game marked Steph Curry's return from a groin injury.
"I did not like our offense tonight", Kerr told reporters afterward.
"The second half was better", Curry continued, "a little more aggressive, decisive".
Gordon Hayward enjoyed his best game of the season, scoring 30 points while also adding nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the visiting Boston Celtics to a 118-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Saturday night. Tonight was probably a game that I could mark down as one of my worst performances as a coach. "Just gaining confidence and feeling good, so I'm sure that will carry over". He said he thought his play improved throughout the game. "None of that is on coach". He had 27 points on 10/21 shooting but was just 3/9 on threes.More news: Ariana Grande replaces Pete Davidson tattoo with tribute to Mac Miller
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Detroit led by as many as 11 points in the second and led 54-46 at halftime.
The Pistons outscored the Warriors 36-18 on 3-pointers in the win. Reggie Jackson set the early tone with eight points in the first four minutes, and Detroit never trailed in a 107-88 victory.
"We've usually got Blake out there with the second unit, but today we were playing without him and were able to stretch the lead", Johnson said.
Pistons head coach Dwane Casey certainly took notice of the raucous crowd.
Even Stephen Curry's return was not enough to bail out the Golden State Warriors.
Having watched Detroit make good on 12 of 35 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc compared to Golden State's 6-for-26 effort, Kerr looked inward when it came time to play the blame game. This year, though, he is back down to 47.2 percent. He was undergoing tests after the game.
Pistons: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.