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Warriors pull away to beat Pistons 104-97

  • Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) knocks the ball away from Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — In a battle of young backcourts, the Golden State Warriors were an easy winner over the Detroit Pistons.

Klay Thompson (27 points) and Stephen Curry (22) outscored Detroit's Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler 49-7, and Golden State posted a 104-97 victory Wednesday night. Singler and Knight went a combined 2 for 16 from the floor, while their Warrior counterparts hit 16 of 28, including nine 3-pointers.

"The numbers tell a big part of the story. Your guards get outscored 49-7, it is going to be tough to win," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "That's just a bad night."

The Warriors, starting a seven-game road trip against the Eastern Conference, snapped Detroit's five-game winning streak at home. Golden State has now won two straight games in Detroit after losing 25 of 29.

"That was a great effort, especially in the second half to play it out," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "We had some breakdowns at the end, but we ended up with a victory. We'll learn from those, but I'd much rather be learning from a win rather than a loss."


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