OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr has been preaching about keeping momentum and meeting a standard that the Golden State Warriors have set.
He didn’t see that in a sloppy performance against the Pistons.
Klay Thompson reached the 5,000-point milestone and knocked down two late 3-pointers in a 69-second span, leading Golden State past Detroit 105-98 on Wednesday night for its fifth straight win.
Thompson finished with 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting in the Warriors’ 51st victory — matching their total from last season — and their eighth straight against Detroit, Golden State’s second-longest streak in the series.
Still, Kerr didn’t like 16 turnovers that cost the Warriors chances.
“With the regular season winding down, we want to be playing our best basketball come three weeks, going into the playoffs,” Thompson said. “If we lock down that home-court advantage, we’re going to be a tough out for anybody.”
Andre Drummond had a career-high 27 rebounds — 17 offensive — to go with 22 points in the Pistons’ eighth straight loss.
Thompson’s two 3s came during a decisive 18-2 run, including one with 5:37 left to put Golden State ahead by 10 as Detroit couldn’t fight back.
This game didn’t give Kerr as much time to rest his regulars as he might have liked, though Stephen Curry did get a second-half break. The Warriors have a busy week with a game in Denver on Friday night before returning home Saturday to host the Knicks and kick off a six-game homestand.
Andrew Bogut had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots for Golden State.
Curry slipped a pretty behind-the-back pass to assist on Leandro Barbosa’s baseline 3-pointer late in the third that helped Golden State take a 79-76 lead into the final 12 minutes. That was one of his 11 assists to go with nine points and five boards. He was just 4 for 15 and 1 of 7 on 3s.
“When he has a shooting night like this, you can tell the whole building is shocked when he misses a shot when he’s open,” Kerr said. “It just wasn’t his night.”
A day after Detroit took 35 3-pointers — making eight — the Pistons managed only three attempts in the first half from long range and went 4 for 12 overall.
The teams traded baskets for much of the third quarter as Detroit stayed close to threaten on one of the NBA’s toughest home courts.
“We did a really good job of buckling down in that second half and really making them uncomfortable,” Drummond said. “We made a good run, came back, tied it up for a little bit and they made some tough shots down the stretch.”
The Warriors won 104-93 at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 30, and Detroit held Curry and Thompson to a combined 31 points that game.
How would they do that again?
“We probably don’t,” coach Stan Van Gundy quipped.