After back-to-back road losses, the Warriors returned to Oracle Arena on Tuesday and blew away the Detroit Pistons for a third straight double-digit win at home.
The Warriors topped the Pistons 113-95 with a balanced attack as four players reached double digits on the scoresheet, including Stephen Curry who led the way with 25 points.
“I thought we did an outstanding job of sharing the basketball,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “We just made plays — unselfishness.”
David Lee added 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, Klay Thompson scored 14 points while on 6-of-9 shooting and Harrison Barnes dropped in eight points coming off the bench.
Jermaine O'Neal put together his best offensive game in a Warriors uniform, scoring a season-high 17 points. With three more points, O'Neal will become the seventh active player to reach 13,000 career points.
“There's been times where he's been frustrated because it hasn't been there, which is understandable,” Jackson said. “Father time is trying to chase him down, but he's winning the battle.”
Andre Iguodala led the team in assists with 11 in 32 minutes and Andrew Bogut and Lee hauled in the most rebounds with nine each.
The Warriors owned the glass, out-rebounding the Pistons 43-34.
Jackson credited his defense, which is currently ranked second in opponent field goal percentage, for shutting down the Pistons' imposing frontline of Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith.
“I don't think you can find a better athletic frontline, maybe, in a long, long time,” Jackson said. “They crashed the offensive boards, [Bogut] did a good job of allowing us to play Monroe one-on-one.”
With the win, the Warriors improved to 3-0 at home this season, winning by an average margin of 20 points. In three home games against the Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, the Warriors have trailed for a mere 23 seconds.
“We understand how you put yourself in position in this league,” Jackson said. “The teams that you're suppose to beat — beat. When you're at home, handle your business.”
<p>The Warriors dazzled the Pistons by knocking down 60 percent of their shots (42-of-70), the team's best shooting performance of the season. They shared the ball, too, sinking 42 field goals with the help of 28 assists.
“Everybody on the floor is capable of finishing inside, capable of making a pass and that's not true of every team,” Lee said. “But that starting unit of ours, everybody's got skills with the ball and can make plays for one another.”
The Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the game's opening minutes and didn't let their feet off the gas until the starters exited the game after three quarters.
Jackson's team jumped ahead 35-16 after the first quarter and it stretched the lead to 62-41 by halftime.
The one area where Jackson was displeased with his team's performance was the play of his bench in the fourth quarter.
“We had 11 turnovers with three minutes to go in the third quarter, finished the game with 23 — did a bad job of taking care of the basketball, executing our offense, being disciplined defensively,” he said. “I'm not happy at all with it.”
The win was the Warriors' fifth straight over the Pistons.
NOTE: Guard Toney Douglas is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks after Warriors team doctors diagnosed him with a stress reaction in his left tibia on Tuesday.