Starting off a road trip with a solid win is something any good team aspires to do. That’s exactly what Golden State did Monday night against a woeful Detroit team, winning 104-96 thanks to a fantastic bench effort that produced 42 points.
Golden State (35-22) entered the game looking to build on a three-game win streak against a Pistons (23-34) team that has gone 2-5 since firing former head coach Maurice Cheeks. The Warriors got off to a rocky start, allowing 35 points in the first quarter.
From then on, it was all Warriors as they subdued the Pistons with stingy defense and great bench play. Golden State was a staggering +17 when both Harrison Barnes and Steve Blake were on the floor, a good sign for Warrior fans who have become accustomed to holding their breath when the historically shaky bench unit comes on the floor.
Although the Pistons were able to keep it close all game, they ultimately folded after scoring only 13 points in the 4th quarter. Solid play from the reliable Steph Curry and Jermaine O’neal won the game for the Dubs, who now look ahead to their remaining five games away from in a bid to gain ground in the always competitive Western Conference.
“Starting this road trip off right was very important,” said Warrior forward Draymond Green after the game. “The thing I’m proud about is, we didn’t have much energy tonight as a team, but our not having much energy now and not having much energy a month ago, we would have lost by 20…it’s showing signs that this team is growing.”
The Warrior’s will try and extend their win streak to five games on Wednesday night against the always feisty Chicago Bulls.
Notes: Andrew Bogut returned to the starting lineup, playing 29 minutes and finishing with four points and seven rebounds. David Lee missed his second consecutive game due to a stomach flu.