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Curry, Warriors cruise to lopsided win over Pistons

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The Canadian Press
11/13/2013 1:16:34 AM
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight assists, helping Golden State build a 19-point first-quarter lead before sitting out the final 12 minutes of the Warriors' 113-95 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

David Lee added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Klay Thompson had 14 points for the Warriors, who have won five straight over the Pistons.

Curry scored 12 points as part of a 19-4 run in the third quarter then sat out the entire fourth quarter when Golden State coach Mark Jackson emptied his bench.

Detroit's Andre Drummond had 16 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight double-double and fourth in seven games.

The Warriors had lost the final two games on their recent road trip before opening a three-game home stand by blowing out the Pistons.

Golden State led by as many as 29 points, shot 60 per cent for the game and outrebounded Detroit 43-34. That helped offset 23 turnovers, 22 of them over the final three quarters.

The Pistons did a better job protecting the ball than the Warriors, but went just 3 of 18 from beyond the arc and lost their fourth straight and fifth in six games.

Golden State jumped on Detroit early. Lee made his first four shots and Thompson and Curry added seven points apiece, while Jermaine O'Neal scored on back-to-back trips down the court to give the Warriors a 35-16 lead to end the first quarter.

The Pistons, coming off a loss in Portland on Monday, looked sluggish most of the evening and trailed by double digits the rest of the way.

A driving layup by Andrew Bogut made it 54-35, and Lee took a behind-the-back pass from Andre Iguodala and dunked to push the Warriors lead to 21. Lee also scored on a putback with 5 seconds remaining to make it 62-41 at halftime.

Thompson opened the second half with 3-pointer before the Pistons went on an 11-2 run to cut the gap to 67-52. Curry's jumper from just inside the 3-point line stopped the slide and Thompson followed with a layup.

Curry was just getting started.

He scored 12 points as part of a 19-5 run midway through the third quarter, including a reverse layup after a 360-degree spin around Greg Monroe at the top of the key. Curry later capped the run with an assist to Harrison Barnes, whose dunk increased the Warriors' lead to 86-57.

Detroit pulled within 13 in the fourth quarter against mostly reserves but couldn't get any closer.

Monroe had 15 points for the Pistons and reserve Will Bynum had 14.

NOTES: The Warriors have trailed for just 23 seconds in three home games this season. ... Curry missed the Warriors' game in San Antonio on Friday because of a sore ankle and knee.

O'Neal blocks Jennings (Photo: Canadian Press)

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