Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/5/12
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Klay Thompson had a good feeling about his shooting touch Wednesday. He didn't display it until the second half but once he got hot, so did the Golden State Warriors offense. Thompson scored a season-high 27 points, including five 3-pointers in the third quarter, as the Warriors opened a seven-game road trip with a 104-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace on Wednesday night. "He shot the lights before the game and felt great," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of the second-year shooting guard. "I'm sure at halftime he's probably thinking it was a lie but he kept it going. When he's clicking on all cylinders and Steph (Curry) is playing like that, we're an awfully tough team." Thompson's second-half flurry sparked a 39-point third quarter, Golden State's highest-scoring quarter this season. "This is a great shooting gym," said Thompson, whose five 3-pointers equaled his career best. "I was making a lot of shots before the game. My teammates found me and I was just ready to catch and shoot. We did a great job of finding each other in transition and playing smart basketball." Curry had 22 points and 10 assists while David Lee contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors (11-7), who nearly gave away a 20-point lead in the fourth. Curry has racked up at least 20 points and 10 assists in four consecutive games, the first time a Warriors player has done that since Tim Hardaway in December 1992. He also was primarily responsible for holding Brandon Knight to four points on 1-for-10 shooting. "If you watch great defensive teams in the history of this game, it's the point guard who sets the tone," Jackson said. "His activity is awfully impressive and that's tough to do. You've got to be in tip-top shape to have your motor running on both sides of the basketball with the amount of time he's playing." Tayshaun Prince's 24 points led the Pistons (6-14), who had their five-game home winning streak snapped. Rodney Stuckey had 17 while rookie Andre Drummond chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Pistons lost for the third time in four games. "We all know Golden State has great shooters on their team, so if you leave them open for a split second, they're going to knock the shot down, even with a hand in their face," Drummond said. "Stephen Curry and Thompson are great shooters and great players and they made plays tonight." Thompson and Curry heated up from long distance in the first eight minutes of the second half, as the Warriors stretched a 40-38 halftime lead to 15, 67-52. Thompson fired in four 3-pointers during that 27-14 outburst while Curry had a pair. Curry also converted a conventional three-point play and found Lee open near the rim for a layup. Curry's second 3-pointer of the half was a contested 25-footer from the left wing. Thompson ended the outburst with a transition 23-footer after Curry stripped Greg Monroe at the defensive end. Thompson finished off his huge quarter with another 3-pointer from the left corner with two seconds left, giving Golden State an 18-point advantage, 79-61. "We gave up seven or eight threes in the third quarter," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "Thirty-nine points is unacceptable, it's a shame and the thing that was so disappointing about the game is that we just did so many things that we don't rehearse on both ends." Detroit eventually whittled the deficit to single digits on a 9-0 run, pulling it within 94-86. Curry quickly answered with a jumper but the Pistons kept chipping away. When Prince made a 3-pointer from the top of the key, Golden State's lead was down to 98-95 with 1:03 left. The Warriors then closed out the game with six free throws. Neither club found an offensive flow in the first half, as the Warriors shot 35 percent while the Pistons shot 33 percent. NOTES: Golden State will play six more Eastern Conference opponents during its road trip. "It's a great opportunity for us to bond and to make a statement," Jackson said. ... The Warriors were out-rebounded 44-35, the first time in seven games this season they won while getting out-rebounded. ... Golden State backup guard Jarrett Jack was averaging 17.7 points in his last three games but was held to eight Wednesday. ... Detroit has won 25 of its last 31 at home against Golden State but the Warriors defeated the Pistons 99-91 at The Palace last season and are now 2-0 in the last two meetings there. ... Golden State shot 45.3 percent after the Pistons held opponents to 40.6 percent shooting in their previous 11 games. ... Monroe, Detroit's top scorer, has failed to reach double digits in four of his last five games.
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