Pistons hand fourth loss to the Warriors

Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dribbles the ball up the court.
Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dribbles the ball up the court.PHOTO: REUTERS/USA TODAY SPORTS

LOS ANGELES • Detroit Pistons celebrated the deeds of former great Ben Wallace on Saturday, with a win over the National Basketball Association's (NBA) current best side, handing the Golden State Warriors their fourth defeat of the season.

The Pistons beat the Warriors 113-95, which was Golden State's second defeat in three games. It was a perfect ending for Detroit's fans to a night that saw their club retire four-time defensive player of the year Wallace's No. 3 jersey in their Palace of Auburn Hills arena at half-time.

Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 20 points apiece as the side led by double digits throughout the second half to improve to 22-18.

Centre Andre Drummond produced his league-leading 34th double-double with 14 points and 21 rebounds.

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, the NBA's leading scorer, had another big night with 38 points, seven rebounds and five assists. But he did not get much help as only Klay Thompson (24 points) had more than 10 points.

Golden State shot a season-low 36.2 per cent from the field, just the second time the league's top offence shot below 40 per cent this season.

The Warriors are 37-4 at the midway point of the regular season, with a tough NBA Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers coming up today.

"No matter where we go, teams are going to give us their best shot," Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said.

"In this league if you're not ready to fight back, you're going to get blown out."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2016, with the headline 'Pistons hand fourth loss to the Warriors'. Print Edition | Subscribe