Instant Analysis: Warriors wrap up historic road trip with win
The Warriors have spent three-plus seasons rewriting the record books of the franchise and the NBA. They did it again Friday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Behind Kevin Durant’s 36 points and stellar defense from Draymond Green, the Warriors posted a 102-98 win to punctuate the first 6-0 road trip in franchise history.
Klay Thompson put in 21 points, including the clinching free throws with 5.3 seconds left.
The Warriors (21-6) blocked a season-high 15 shots and held the Pistons to 41.3-percent shooting to become the 11th team to complete a perfect six-game road trip.
This was a tag-team effort, with Durant powering the offense and Green owning the defense.
Durant’s line: 36 points (12-of-23 from the field, including 3-of-6 beyond the arc, 9-of-10 from the line), 10 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and one steal. He played 39 minutes and finished plus-12.
Green’s line: 2 points (1-of-6 from the field, 0-of-5 from deep), 13 assists, six rebounds, six blocks and three steals. He played 38 minutes and finished plus-6.
After an Avery Bradley 3-pointer pulled the Pistons within two (67-65) with 3:01 left in the third quarter, the Warriors closed the quarter on a 10-2 run, taking a 77-67 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Warriors never lost the lead, though Detroit got as close as two (100-98) inside the final minute.
Warriors: F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness) and F Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) were listed as probable and upgraded to available. G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain), G Pat McCaw (concussion/nose contusion) and C Zaza Pachulia (L shoulder soreness) were listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
Pistons: F Jon Leuer (L ankle sprain) was listed as out.
The Warriors return home this weekend and take the court Monday night, when they face the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.