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Pistons spoil Curry's return

Golden State star admits having game of two halves

Blake Griffin scored 26 points as the Detroit Pistons spoiled the return of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry by beating the two-time defending NBA champions, 111-102, yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Andre Drummond finished with 16 points and 19 rebounds for Detroit, as the Pistons stretched their winning streak to five games.

"That's obviously a great win," Griffin said.

"You could tell by the crowd and the atmosphere tonight that we were facing a big team, and we protected our home floor."

Curry, who missed 11 games with a groin problem, shot 10 of 21 and drained three of nine from beyond the arc to finish with 27 points. But he started out rusty, missing his first three shots, all three-point attempts.

Curry said it might take some time to get back into the flow of the Warriors offence.

I just didn’t have the right timing, wasn’t seeing the rim that well. The second half was better and I am sure that will carry over each game. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry

"I just didn't have the right timing, wasn't seeing the rim that well. The second half was better and I am sure that will carry over each game," Curry said.

Kevin Durant scored 28 points and Klay Thompson added 21 in the losing effort for Golden State.

The Warriors couldn't overcome Detroit's dominance on the offensive boards, with just eight offensive rebounds compared to 14 for Detroit.

A half dozen Pistons finished in double figures. Detroit have now won two consecutive games over Golden State - after losing 12 of their previous 13.

The Pistons built an 11-point lead in the second quarter and led 54-46 at the half.

In Cleveland, Raptors star Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points, as Toronto overcame the absence of all-star guard Kyle Lowry and beat the struggling Cavaliers, 106-95.

"I feel great. The coaching staff has done a good job, I feel comfortable out there," said Leonard, who joined the Raptors this season via a trade from the San Antonio Spurs.

"It is great just to be able to play basketball again and do something that I enjoy," added Leonard, who played only nine games last season for the Spurs due to a quadriceps injury.

Lowry, who leads the NBA in assists, was a late scratch, missing his first game of the season with a back injury. The Raptors did not provide any details about his condition.

Fred VanVleet also scored 15 points for Toronto, who won their eighth straight contest and improved to a league best 20-4 record. They are 10-2 on the road.

The Raptors have reached the 20-win mark quicker than any other team in franchise history.

Van Vleet, who started in place of Lowry, drained consecutive clutch three-pointers with just over two minutes left in the fourth to pad the Raptors lead to 10 points. - AFP

SELECTED RESULTS:

  • New York 136 Milwaukee 134 (OT)
  • Houston 121 Chicago 105
  • Minnesota 109 Boston 118
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