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Instant Replay: Warriors win hard-fought battle in Motor City

Instant Replay: Warriors win hard-fought battle in Motor City

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Programming note: Immediately after the final horn of the Warriors-Cavs showdown on Christmas Day, change the channel to CSN Bay Area for a special Warriors edition of SportsNet Central.

The Warriors were in a giving mood Friday night, and it nearly cost them a game.

They committed a season-high 23 turnovers before coming together down the stretch and posting a 119-113 win over the Detroit Pistons before a sellout crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Four Warriors scored in double figures, led by Kevin Durant’s 29 points. Stephen Curry put in 25 points, Klay Thompson 17 – including a massive 3-pointer with 22.1 seconds remaining. JaVale McGee came off the bench to add 15 points.

The Warriors (27-4) gave Detroit 33 points off turnovers but still managed to win their seventh game in a row – and their 14th consecutive road game in the Eastern Conference.

Draymond Green, returning after a one-game absence for the birth of his son, totaled 5 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Tobias Harris came off the bench to score 26 points for Detroit, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tossed in 23. The Pistons (14-18) have lost five in a row.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Durant carried the offense, but McGee brought the much-needed jolt of energy.

Durant’s line: 32 points (13-of-18 from the field, 3-of-4 beyond the arc, 3-of-4 from the line), eight rebounds and three assists. He played 32 minutes and was plus-17.

McGee’s line: 15 points (6-of-7 from the field, 3-of-3 from the line), three rebounds and one blocked shot. He played nine minutes and was minus-2.

TURNING POINT

The teams battled tightly throughout, with neither building a double-digit lead, until the Warriors summoned a 9-3 burst over the final 91 seconds.

The 16 lead changes were a season-high for the Warriors.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: No injuries were listed. F James Michael McAdoo was a healthy inactive.

Pistons: F Reggie Bullock (L knee surgery) was listed as out. F Michael Gbinije was a healthy inactive.

ROSTER NOTE

Warriors C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the Development League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action on Christmas Day in Cleveland, where they will face the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Pacific.

Zaza Pachulia gets 2018 championship ring, visits ex-Warriors teammates

Zaza Pachulia gets 2018 championship ring, visits ex-Warriors teammates

OAKLAND – Even now there are times when the Warriors long for the assets of Zaza Pachulia, who did so many “little” things exceptionally well that it amounted to a unique greatness.

Take his picks, for example. Zaza is one of the best in the NBA at using screens to get in the way of defenders trying to get to his shooters.

Take his humor, for another example. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound center was quick with a quip, which often was made funnier by an accent from the Republic of Georgia.

Pachulia, one of the league’s ultimate blue-collar teammates, returned to Oracle Arena on Sunday as a member of the Detroit Pistons. He wanted to beat the Warriors, with whom he spent the past two seasons, but he wanted a reminder of the success he enjoyed with them.

Zaza wanted the jewelry he earned as a member 2017-18 NBA championship team.

He was presented his ring by the teammate to whom he was closest: Klay Thompson. The two met at midcourt a couple minutes before tipoff, with Thompson presenting the ring and Pachulia receiving a long ovation as a video tribute played on the big screens above.

“The championship ring experience is amazing,” Paculia said before the game. “But what I value the most is the friendships and relationships I’ve built with some of the guys and the things I learned from the coaches.

“That’s the most important thing because life is more than basketball. The friendships and relationships are going to go on for the rest of my life. I’m just lucky to experience such a time with this team on the court and, more important, off the court.”

Pachulia made 127 regular-season starts and 15 more in the postseason during his two seasons with the Warriors. His two young sons, Davit and Saba, were regular visitors at the Warriors practice facility in downtown Oakland, using the place as their playground.

Pachulia exchanged pregame hugs with most of the Warriors, with Kevin Durant interrupting his pregame routine to for several minutes to engage in conversation with Zaza and his sons.

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“It’s great seeing them,” Pachulia said of his former teammates. “We’ve been in a lot of battles and winning a championship brings you even closer . . . because you truly understand each other. Without the culture and chemistry that you build, it’s impossible to win.

“Those guys are special to me. They’ve been great to my family and I call them family as well.”

Warriors vs. Pistons live stream: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

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Warriors vs. Pistons live stream: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

After the worst home loss of the Steve Kerr era, the Warriors won't wait long to try to get back in the win column.

Golden State hosts the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, and will give former Warrior Zaza Pachulia his 2018-19 championship ring in his first visit back to Oracle Arena. Pachulia's Pistons are 1-2 on a current five-game road trip, and sit in the thick of a playoff race.

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Detroit is sixth in the Eastern Conference, but enters Sunday's matchup just 1.5 games up on the eighth-place Miami Heat. The Heat is off on Sunday, and a Pistons loss would cut that gap to just one game.

The Warriors, meanwhile, are 0.5 games back of the Denver Nuggets for the Western Conference's top seed after Saturday's loss to the lottery-bound Dallas Mavericks. The Nuggets are also in action Sunday, and the Warriors will need some help from the Indiana Pacers to regain the first seed.

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Here's how you can watch Warriors vs. Pistons on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online:

When: Sunday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m. PT (pregame at 4:30 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app