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The Detroit Pistons fall to the Golden State Warriors, 121-114

The Detroit Pistons fall to the Golden State Warriors, 121-114

The Golden State Warriors have clinched a playoff spot for the seventh straight season after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 16.  But they have just recently lost to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night by 35 points, their largest loss margin of the season.  They will look to bounce back as they take on the Detroit Pistons at the Oracle Arena tonight.

The Pistons, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a second straight loss after losing to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, 112-117.  They are currently at the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

The Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Pistons have met up a grand total of 313 times in the past as the Warriors won 164 games while the Pistons went on to grab 149 victories.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Warriors fell to the Pistons, 102-111.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 26 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and gave out 5 assists while Kevin Durant ended up with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 32.9 FG%, 32.6 3P%, 60.0 FT%)
-Glenn Robinson III (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 82.9 FT%)
-Khyri Thomas (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
-Isaiah Whitehead (G-League)
-Kalin Lucas (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Jon Leuer (4.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 58.7 FG%, 10.0 3P%, 74.2 FT%)
-Jose Calderon (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 37.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 81.8 FT%)

Golden State Warriors:

-Damian Jones (pectoral; 5.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 71.6 FG%, 64.9 FT%)
-Marcus Derrickson (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 41.7 FG%, 35.7 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
-Damion Lee (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.2 APG, 43.2 FG%, 37.3 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-DeMarcus Cousins (rest; 15.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 3.6 APG, 48.5 FG%, 25.4 3P%, 75.9 FT%)
-Andre Iguodala (rest; 5.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 49.8 FG%, 33.6 3P%, 59.4 FT%)
-Jacob Evans (0.8 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 30.3 FG%, 12.5 3P%, 0.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Golden State Warriors would have complete control on the game in the first half as they shot sixty-five percent from the field, limiting the Detroit Pistons to forty-four percent.  Klay Thompson got hot for 15 points while drilling 3 three-pointers in the process.  Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry ended up recording eleven points as he also had 3 three-pointers.  Along with that, Curry was able to grab seven rebounds and dish off two assists.

Kevin Durant was kept to just nine points but he did manage to knock down a shot from beyond the arc in the middle of the second quarter.  He did shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he had three rebounds and seven assists.  Draymond Green had nine points, as well.  He was able to hit a rare three-pointer to beat the buzzer at the end of the first half.  Shaun Livingston played eight minutes off the bench but only had four points.

On the other end of the court, Blake Griffin chalked up eleven points while shooting thirty-seven percent from the field.  He had a three-pointer at the beginning of the first period while he recorded two rebounds and three assists.  Two-time rebounding champion Andre Drummond contributed with eight points, along with seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

Reggie Jackson was limited to just two points while Wayne Ellington was able to drill a three-pointer.  Louisiana-native Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the home team who went to the locker room with a 63 to 49 advantage.

The visiting team, however, was able to storm back as they sparked a 65 to 58 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field in the second half.  During that run, Griffin put up 13 additional points while knocking down two more shots from behind the three-point line.  He had four rebounds and five assists while Ish Smith helped out with ten points.  Former Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Thon Maker also had ten points which included two three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Reggie Jackson ended up adding five more points to his scoring total while hitting a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Drummond was kept to just four points in the second half while he grabbed four rebounds.  The 12th pick in the first round of the 2017 draft Luke Kennard played the most minutes off the bench as he had 16 points, including 3 three-pointers.

As for the two-time defending champions, Curry chalked up 15 more points while hitting two three-pointers.  Thompson contributed with nine points which including a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.  Both Durant and Green were kept to just five points but it didn’t matter as the Golden State Warriors pulled out a 121-114 victory over the Detroit Pistons.  Stephen Curry finished the game with 26 points, along with a season-high-tying nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Blake Griffin settled for 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will travel to Colorado to battle Nikola Jokic (20.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 7.6 APG, 50.7 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (49-22) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time that they played each other was on February 4 when the Pistons handed the Nuggets a 129-103 loss.  Andre Drummond finished that game with 27 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks while Trey Lyles settled for 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Golden State Warriors will head to Tennessee to take on Mike Conley (20.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.6 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (29-44) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  December 17 was the last time that the Grizzlies and Warriors played each other as the Grizzlies fell to the Warriors, 93-110.  During that game, Kevin Durant scored 23 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and blocked 2 shots while Omri Casspi had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

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The Pelicans grab a win against the Kings in Cousins’ return, 114 to 106

The Pelicans grab a win against the Kings in Cousins’ return, 114 to 106

Last night’s matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings would mark the first time that DeMarcus Cousins would play in the Golden 1 Center in a different jersey.  Since Cousins’ trade to the Pelicans, these two teams have met up once in New Orleans as the Pelicans defeated the Kings, 117 to 89.  They hoped to do the same as they visited California without Anthony Davis.

The Kings would go on a huge run in the opening quarter as they shot sixty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Pelicans to just forty-four percent.  Willie Cauley-Stein ended up scoring eight points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justin Jackson would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he puts up seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Zach Randolph would be collect five points, six rebounds, and two assists while hitting a three-pointer in the process.

On the other end of the court, former Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson came off of the bench to heat up for eleven points which hitting a three-pointer in the process.  DeMarcus Cousins would be held to eight points in the ten minutes that he played but did manage to grab four rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Cheick Diallo was limited to four points off the bench but grabbed three rebounds as the Kings end the first quarter with a 40 to 27 advantage.

The second quarter would be held closely as the Kings shot forty-two percent from the field while the New Orleans team shot forty-six percent.  Former Washington Wizards’ guard Garrett Temple came off of the bench to put ten points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  George Hill would contribute with six points while Randolph was held to four points.  Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench to record four points, two rebounds, and two assists as Vince Carter was held to just a three-pointer.

As for the Louisana team, Cousins heated up for twelve points which would include two three-pointers.  He also pulled down five rebounds and gave out three assists while E’Twaun Moore ended up scoring nine points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Dante Cunningham was held to just one three-pointer as he managed to grab three rebounds but it was still the Sacramento Kings who were ahead at halftime, 70 to 56.

The visiting team would respond in the third quarter with a huge 32 to 17 run as they ended up shooting sixty-two percent from the field while the Kings were held to just thirty-two percent.  Jrue Holiday would heat up for eleven points while shooting a high eighty percent from the field.  He collected six of those points from beyond the arc as Cousins shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  DeMarcus Cousins ended up with seven points to along with the six defensive rebounds that he collected.  Nelson would continue to contribute with five points which included one three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Buddy Hield would score five points and grab two defensive rebounds while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  De’Aaron Fox came off of the Kings’ bench to drop five points, as well but would earn three of them from beyond the arc.  Kosta Koufos would play three minutes off of the bench as he chalked up three points along with two defensive rebounds.  Hill was held scoreless in the but did get his hands on two defensive rebounds but it was the Pelicans who gained the lead, 88-87, at the end of the third.

The New Orleans Pelicans would close things out in the last period as they shot forty-one percent from the field, limiting the Sacramento Kings to thirty-seven percent.  Cousins continued to impress as he chalks up fourteen more points on sixty percent shooting from the field.  He would connect for a three-pointer in the process of collecting three offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds.  Moore would help out as he drills a three-pointer, along with the two defensive rebounds that he pulled down.

Cauley-Stein, on the other end, was limited to only four points but did shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Fox played the entire quarter, only to be held to four points, as well.  He did manage to pull down two defensive rebounds while Skal Labissiere came off the bench to score four points.  Koufos recorded three points along with two defensive rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Pelicans escape with a 114 to 106 victory over the Sacramento Kings.  DeMarcus Cousins finished the game with forty-one points, twenty-three rebounds, and six assists.  De’Aaron Fox ended up finishing with fourteen points, two rebounds, and five assists.