Bojan Bogdanovic’s 10 points make it 25-15 for the Pistons but the Anthony Lamb – Ty Jerome duo brings the Warriors to a tie (26-26). Detroit’s 67% address, however, allows them to respond with an 8-0 (34-26).
In lack of energy so far, the Warriors return to the game thanks to 8 straight points from Jordan Poole and a 1-2-2 zone defense to regain the advantage by starting the second quarter on a 13- 4 (39-38)! With each burst of Golden State, the Pistons respond with a long distance basket from Bogdanovic, Diallo, or Bey while Killian Hayes chains the caviars. Logically, Detroit takes the lead at the break (60-56).
At the exit of the locker room, the two teams attack the circle. Jalen Duren and Iasiah Stewart show all their power while Draymond Green and Kevon Looney are more technical (74-70). As in the first half, each time the Warriors come back to a possession, the metronome Bojan Bogdanovic gives air to his team. It takes a dominating Looney on the rebound to keep the Warriors in ambush (91-88).
A 7-0 Golden State ended with a dunk from Klay Thompson in transition after a forced shot from Jaden Ivey finally gives the advantage to the locals (99-98). The Pistons respond again with an 8-0 before eight straight points Klay Thompson launches the money time (108-107).
If Jordan Poole wakes up, it is Bojan Bogdanovic who continues to make the difference with an award-winning shot and two assists for Burks and Bey who put Detroit at +5 with 80 seconds on the clock (117-112). Klay Thompson, however, manages to bring the Warriors tied by scoring seven straight points (119-119). But with a second to play, it was Saddiq Bey who crucified the Chase Center to deliver a deserved win for the Pistons.
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– Tired Warriors. It was the sixth game in 11 days for Golden State, still without many players. After their double overtime victory against the Hawks on Monday where four of their holders had played more than 44 minutes, the Warriors struggled to stand up to the young Pistons. Despite the burst of Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson in the last quarter, Golden State ran out of juice. Donte DiVincenzo’s lack of activity was also symbolic of this collective fatigue.
– Breathtaking last four seconds. At -3 with 4 seconds to play, Steve Kerr released a magnificent system taking the Pistons defense on the wrong foot to give a 3-pointer on a plateau to Klay Thompson who did not need to be asked. Only downside, there was one second left for the Pistons to win the game. While the Warriors defended the throw-in to perfection, Killian Hayes finds Saddiq Bey at the five-second limit and the latter sends a prayer that falls in the circle at the buzzer!
– Convincing return for Killian Hayes. Suspended in the last three games, the French leader lacked rhythm and success (9 points, 3/12 on shots) but he still played his role as leader to perfection. Hayes set up his team’s game, was able to insist on pick & roll to serve Jalen Duren, but also delegate to Bojan Bogdanovic in semi transition. He delivered 13 assists while not dropping a ball. That’s his most assists in a game.
✅ Bojan Bogdanovic. The Croatian was the Pistons’ metronome throughout the game. He scored at least 5 points in each quarter, including several important baskets to prevent the Warriors from returning in front, to finish with 29 points at 10/15 on shots.
✅ Jalen Duren. The rookie used all his physical power to finish in a double double (18 points, 11 rebounds) and weighed on the match.
✅ Anthony Lamb – Ty Jerome. The two “two-way contracts” scored 15 points off the bench.
✅ ⛔Klay Thompson–Jordan Poole. Short on their shots for three quarters, the two backs woke up at the best time. Thompson in particular with 17 of his 30 points in the last quarter. Poole finished with 24 points.
⛔ Draymond Green. The Golden State taulier was sent off 90 seconds from the end of the match on a second technical foul.
Golden State (20-19) : meet at the Chase Center on Saturday with the Orlando reception.
Detroit (11-30): trip to San Antonio on Friday.