Warriors Vs Pistons: Splash Brothers Combine For 46 Points, Warriors Roll To 8-0

Warriors Vs Pistons: Splash Brothers Combine For 46 Points, Warriors Roll To 8-0
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Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Splash Brothers, combined for 46 points as the Golden State Warriors defeated Detroit Pistons 109-95 on Monday. Warriors, the defending NBA champions, have begun their title defense with a spotless 8-0 record and are well on their way to another 60+ wins season.


Stephen Curry, by his high standards, had a so-so shooting night, going 7/18 from the field and 3/7 from beyond the arc. Curry’s 22 points, 5 assists and 3 steals read good on paper, but the reigning MVP was made to struggle by Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who showed great hustle on defense. Thompson finished 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in his first 20-point game this season.

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While Curry was unable to explode, the Warriors bench carried the load with Andre Igudala and Leandro Barbosa combining for 23 points. Andrew Bogut, the starting center, came off the bench and scored 8 points, as interim coach Luke Walton monitored the Australian’s minutes.

“Our second unit is, we feel, the best in the NBA,” Walton said after the victory. “We’ve got veterans on that unit that know how to win. When they give us that type of performance it just makes us that much more dangerous,” added the former Laker.

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At one stage, the Warriors led by as much as 17 but had trouble putting away the pesky Pistons (5-2). Credit to Stan Van Gundy’s Pistons as they cut the gap to 80-76 leading into the final 12 minutes.

While Walton rested his starters in the fourth quarter, the second unit came out blazing as the Warriors asserted a 10-lead, enough to seem them through the win. “I definitely think we’ve got the best bench in the league,” said Draymond Green, who finished with six points, nine assists and 10 rebounds. “That’s a real weapon for us. It was last year and it is again this year.”