Warriors win ninth straight, complete 5-0 road trip

Duane Burleson/APThe Warriors' Klay Thompson

Duane Burleson/APThe Warriors' Klay Thompson

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Draymond Green scored 20 points and Stephen Curry added 16 points and 10 assists as the Golden State Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 104-93 Sunday for their ninth straight victory.

Marreese Speights added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors (14-2).

The Pistons (3-14) have lost eight in a row, the longest streak of Stan Van Gundy's coaching career, and have matched his career worst at 11 games under .500. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Detroit with 23 points.

Van Gundy broke up his usual three-post lineup against the smaller Warriors, starting Kyle Singler at small forward and bringing Greg Monroe off the bench. It didn't work. Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith shot a combined 12 for 38.

Facing the NBA's best-shooting team, the Pistons only hit 27.7 percent from the floor in the first half, including a paltry 24.1 (7 for 29) percent in the paint. Detroit led after the first quarter, as Golden State also got off to a slow start. B ut the Warriors hit four 3-pointers in the second to take a 53-40 lead at the half.

The Warriors pushed the margin to 20 in the opening minutes of the third, as Van Gundy helplessly implored his team to “Fight! Fight!” He got a better reaction from the crowd than his team, as they loudly booed a long Smith jump shot that missed badly moments later.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finally got Detroit rolling late in the quarter, hitting three 3-pointers, but he missed 2 of 3 free throws at the end of the period, leaving Golden State with an 82-71 lead.

The Warriors stayed in control throughout the fourth, never allowing the Pistons to make a serious run at victory.

TIP INS

Warriors: Green, who grew up about an hour north of the Palace and played at Michigan State, got a loud ovation during the pregame introductions. . The Warriors have won seven straight against the Pistons, matching a seven-game streak in 1975-76.

Pistons: After missing his first five shots, Drummond finally put a ball in the basket in the first quarter. Unfortunately for the Pistons, it was the wrong one — he tipped in a Golden State miss while battling Speights for a rebound.

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