Marcus Smart scored a career-high 26 points, Klay Thompson had 24 and the Golden State Warriors scored the final six points to beat the Detroit Pistons 105-102 on Saturday night after calling off the dogs. The Warriors had no interest in playing the night after an embarrassing home loss to Washington.
The injury-plagued Pistons, who are struggling badly, couldn’t contain all of the Warriors’ tricks and never led.
“We just had enough experience there in the fourth to make some plays,” said Kevin Durant, who was held to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Fellow All-Star center Andre Drummond led Detroit with 31 points and 20 rebounds. Dennis Schroder added 25 points and Blake Griffin had 17.
The Warriors took the lead for good with a 14-4 run late in the third and took a 93-91 lead into the fourth.
JaVale McGee had a basket and Curry a three-point play to start the Warriors’ final spurt and give them a 104-98 lead with 1:12 to play.
Detroit tied it on two free throws by Drummond with 52 seconds left. After a missed three by Curry, Detroit’s Reggie Jackson missed a five-footer that went through the hoop in the final second.
“They were very confident down the stretch and playing with a lot of toughness,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We just pulled off a couple of tough shots.”