At halftime, the Detroit Pistons were in the game against a powerful Western Conference foe in the Golden State Warriors, trailing 63-62. Detroit rebounded to take an 83-81 lead prior to the fourth quarter. Again, the team must have forgotten how much the money quarter counts for.
Defensively, the Pistons fell apart in the fourth, allowing Harrison Barnes, Stephen Curry and Steve Blake to take over down the stretch. Blake hit a huge three pointer to give the Warriors a 92-90 lead with around six minutes left in the quarter, and offensively, Detroit failed to respond. The Pistons never led again, and were closed out easily by a more mentally sound team.
Here's more inside Detroit's second straight loss, this one a frustrating 104-96 defeat at the hands of the plucky Warriors.
Prime Time Piston: Kyle Singler. It was a big night for Singler, who played 44 minutes and managed to score 18 points on a solid 7-11 shooting while making 2-4 from three point land. It was arguably Singler's best game as a Piston, and definitely something to build upon for the young player.
Powerless Piston: Rodney Stuckey. In 26 minutes, Stuckey didn't play well at all, scoring only 5 points off the bench on a very ugly 2-10 shooting. Stuckey didn't attack much either, given he only shot one free throw and collected four rebounds. It was a bad game for a player who has done much better for Detroit this season, especially in a sixth man, sparkplug role.
It Was Over When…Steve Blake hit the back breaking three. The Pistons had battled back before and had taken a few leads in the second half, but the three pointer by Blake seemed to deflate the team. Detroit wouldn't lead again, and seemed to pack it in offensively.
Stat To Know: 6, points by Stephen Curry down the stretch to close Detroit out. The Pistons don't have a closer or a player capable of leading a comeback, and it was evident on Monday as Curry ran circles around the Pistons in the paint and near the top of the key late.
What's Next? Detroit hits the road for a tough two games in Texas beginning with Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.
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