Bay Area: Pistons knock out Warriors at buzzer!
Bojan Bogdanovic’s 10 points make it 25-15 for the Pistons, but Anthony Lamb and Ty Jerome tie the score for the Warriors (26-26). However, Detroit’s 67% shooting allowed them to respond with an 8-0 (34-26) run.
The Warriors, who have lacked energy so far, come back into the game to regain a 13-4 (39-38) lead in the second quarter thanks to 8 straight points from Jordan Poole and a 1-2-2 zone defense! With every Golden State burst, the Pistons would respond with a long-range basket from Bogdanovich, Diallo or Bey, while Killian Hayes would chain the Cavs. Logically, Detroit leads at halftime (60-56).
At the exit of the locker room, two teams attack the circle. Jalen Duren and Iasiah Stewart show all their power, while Draymond Green and Kevon Looney are more technical (74-70). As in the first half, every time the Warriors have the ball, the metronome Bojan Bogdanovic gives his team a boost. It takes a dominant Looney in rebounding to keep the Warriors at bay (91-88).
7-0 Golden State, which ended with a dunk by Klay Thompson in transition after a forced layup by Jaden Ivey, finally gave the locals the advantage (99-98). The Pistons responded with another 8-0 run before Klay Thompson scored eight straight points to start a timeout (108-107).
If Jordan Poole wakes up, it’s Bojan Bogdanovic, who continues to make the difference with an award-winning shot for Burks and Bey, and Bey, who puts Detroit +5 with 80 seconds left (117-112). However, Klay Thompson scores seven straight points (119-119) to tie the Warriors. But it was Saddiq Bey who nailed Chase Center with one second left to seal a deserved victory for the Pistons.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Tired warriors. It was the sixth game without multiple players in 11 days for Golden State. After Monday’s double-overtime win against the Hawks, the Warriors, whose four owners played more than 44 minutes, struggled to keep up against the young Pistons. Despite Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson’s explosion in the final quarter, Golden State ran out of juice. Donte DiVincenzo’s inactivity was also symbolic of this collective fatigue.
– Breathtaking last four seconds. Down 3 with 4 seconds left in the game, Steve Kerr unleashed a spectacular layup, taking the Pistons defense on the wrong foot and giving an unhesitating Klay Thompson a layup 3-pointer. The only downside is that the Pistons were one second away from winning the game. With the Warriors defending the ball perfectly, Killian Hayes finds Saddiq Bey at the five-second mark and sends a prayer into the circle at the final buzzer!
– A convincing return for Killian Hayes. Suspended in the last three games, the French leader did not have the rhythm and success (9 points, 3/12 on shots), but he still played the role of leader perfectly. Killian Hayes set up his team’s play, was able to insist on a pick-and-roll to serve Jalen Duren, and delegate to Bojan Bogdanovic in the half transition. He had 13 assists without a turnover. That’s his most assists in a game.
✅ Bojan Bogdanovic. The Croatian was the pistons’ metronome throughout the game. He scored at least 5 points in every quarter, including several crucial baskets to prevent the Warriors from getting back in front, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
✅ Jalen Duren. The rookie put all his physicality and weight into the game to complete a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds).
✅ Anthony Lamb – Ty Jerome. The two “two-way contracts” scored 15 points off the bench.
✅ ⛔Klay Thompson – Jordan Poole. The two quarterbacks, who were short on shots in the third quarter, woke up at the best time. In particular, Thompson scored 17 of his 30 points in the final quarter. He finished with 24 points.
⛔ Draymond Green. The Golden State taulier was ejected with a second technical foul 90 seconds into the game.
Golden State (20-19) : Meet at the Chase Center on Saturday with the Orlando reception.
Detroit (11-30): Visit San Antonio on Friday.