Warriors shoot past Pistons
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala connected on a pair of 3-pointers apiece during a long-range shooting exhibition in the third quarter Thursday night that propelled the Golden State Warriors to a 127-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Riding double-figure scoring from four starters, the Pistons hung within 60-58 at halftime and 68-65 in the fourth minute of the third period before the Warriors exploded into a comfortable margin and a season-series sweep.
Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Ian Clark combined with Thompson and Iguodala for seven 3-pointers over the final 7:07 of the third quarter, fueling a 33-12 burst that opened a 101-77 advantage by period's end.
Golden State outscored Detroit 41-19 in the third quarter.
The Warriors (34-6) won by 20 or more points for the 12th time this season.
The Pistons (18-23) lost by at least 20 for just the fifth time this year.
Durant scored a game-high 25 points, Curry had 24 and Thompson 23 for the Warriors, who earned a seventh straight home win over the Pistons.
Draymond Green contributed a game-high 13 assists and team-high nine rebounds for Golden State, which improved its record against Eastern Conference competition to 12-1 this season.
The Warriors' next game will be a rematch with the East's top team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Monday. The defending champs rallied to beat Golden State 109-108 on Christmas Day in Cleveland.
The Warriors are now 13-0 this season when Green totals 10 or more assists.
Marcus Morris had 21 points for the Pistons, who were making their third stop on a five-game Western swing.
Detroit began the trip Sunday with a win at Portland before blowing a fourth-quarter lead in a loss at Sacramento on Tuesday.
The Pistons will face Utah on the second night of a back-to-back on Friday.
Tobias Harris, who recorded a season-high 26 points when the Pistons lost 119-113 at home to Golden State last month, had 18 points Thursday. Reggie Jackson added 14 points for Detroit.
Pistons big men Andre Drummond (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Boban Marjanovic (13 points, game-high 11 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles.
Detroit outrebounded Golden State 40-37.
The Warriors outshot the Pistons 56.2 percent to 48.9 overall, and 51.7 percent (15-for-29) to 21.4 percent (6-for-28) on 3-pointers.
Golden State leads the NBA in 3-point defense, allowing just 32.6 percent.
NOTES: Pistons PG Reggie Jackson was treated for dehydration after Tuesday's loss in Sacramento and was deemed healthy enough to start against the Warriors. ... Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy announced that SF Reggie Bullock, who left the team for personal reasons, is expected to return for Friday's game at Utah. ... Van Gundy and Warriors coach Steve Kerr each devoted part of his pregame press conference to agreeing with commissioner Adam Silver's stance that length of games is becoming a concern in the NBA. Van Gundy proposed a "free advance," where a team could call a timeout in order to inbound the ball in the frontcourt, with the players remaining on the floor. Kerr recommended doing away with certain replay delays, such as clear-path reviews.