After two straight games with subpar offensive performances, the Golden State Warriors put on a show for their home crowd and blew out the Detroit Pistons 113-95. After racing out to an early 35-16 first quarter lead, Golden State never looked back and appeared to be very fluid, as eighteen of the twenty two field goals made before halftime came off of assists.This whole-team approach spread the opposing Pistons thin the entire game, as seven different Warriors finished with at least eight points, and the team ended the game shooting sixty percent from the field.
Point guard Stephen Curry anchored the offensive assault with twenty five points and eight assists, and allowed for the Warriors’ frontcourt to stand up to the Pistons’ menacing size, as Andrew Bogut, David Lee, and Jermaine O’Neal combined for forty two points, twenty four assists, and a combined field goal percentage of sixty eight percent. However, Golden State’s offensive approach was not perfect, as their turnover troubles continued with twenty three.
But that may be the lone identifiable flaw in their return to the Bay, as the Warriors never trailed throughout the entire game, and were quite solid defensively. Offseason splash Josh Smith was held to two points by Andre Iguodala and the rest of the team, and the Pistons weren’t able to put together an extended amount of offensive production until the fourth quarter, against Golden State’s second unit. The Warriors are now setting their sights on what promises to be a great game against Oklahoma City.