Game Recap: Detroit Pistons vs Golden State Warriors

The Detroit Pistons (2-4) faced off against the Golden State Warriors (4-3) in Oakland, California Tuesday night.  This was the second game of the Pistons current west coast trip, and Detroit was looking to get the trip back to .500 after they lost to the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night 109-103.  

This was the first time all season that the Pistons had to play on back-to-back nights and it was easy to see that the lack of rest got the best of them.  The Warriors outplayed Detroit on both sides of the ball, and were rewarded with a 21-point halftime lead.  The rest of the game was never in doubt for the Warriors as they went on to win 113-95.

The loss was the first one by more than 10 points for the Pistons and was by far their worst loss of the season.  Andre Drummond led the way for the Pistons with 16 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks in 29 minutes.  Drummond was one of the only few bright spots for the Pistons, along with former Italian league MVP Luigi “Gigi” Datome, who made two of Detroit’s three, three pointers and finished the game with 10 points in 17 minutes.

This marks the fourth straight loss in a row for Detroit and five in their last six.  This slow start is not what Joe Dumars had in mind when he brought in coach Maurice Cheeks, Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings, and Chauncey Billups to help restore the image of the once proud Detroit basketball.

Last season, the Pistons struggled mightily against Western Conference teams and playing on the road.  This season those struggles have continued as they are now 0-4 against the western conference and 0-3 on the road.

The Pistons will look to add a win to both of those categories when they play the Sacramento Kings Friday night.  The game tips off at 10:30 and can be seen on ESPN.

Cameron Billes is the host of Horsepower for Impact Sports.