The Pistons are turning heads.
This weekend, the Detroit Pistons had to travel to the West coast to make their point once and for all. Sunday night, a day after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center, the Pistons overcame a deficit of 14 points to defeat the reigning NBA champions with a victory of 115-107 against the Golden State Warriors, strengthening their record to 5-2, and 2-0 out west, and bumping them to the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
In a game that saw Detroit and Golden State neck-and-neck at almost all times, it’d be the Pistons’ Tobias Harris who would step it up toward the game’s end to bring about a victory, sinking a couple of clutch three-pointers as the clock ran out in the fourth, further widening the gap between the two teams. Key players for the Pistons went on to include guards Avery Bradley and Reggie Jackson, who racked up 23 and 22 points, respectively, playing their parts in keeping Detroit on the board.
Noticeably left behind on the bench for the second straight game was rookie Luke Kennard, a point of contention for some fans when it comes to coach Stan van Gundy, but clearly not a fatal one decision judging by the team’s success thus far. This now marks golden State’s second loss at home since the season’s start.
"It just has to matter enough. Right now, it just doesn't seem to matter,” said Coach Steve Kerr. “Our guys are lacking in energy and focus and discipline. We finally started caring with six minutes left when we were threatened, and we immediately cut it to three because we cared. But the right team won, karma was in the right place tonight."
Next up, Detroit will round out its voyage with a bout against the Los Angeles Lakers Halloween night at Staples Center. Before then, check out Twitter’s top reactions to Sunday’s explosive matchup.
When the lions are a dumpster fire but the pistons are first in the east pic.twitter.com/2V8IrHuDIX— After The Whistle (@AfterTheWhist1e) October 30, 2017
The Pistons beat the Clippers and Warriors on the road, in back-to-back games. Sheesh. pic.twitter.com/rE9syyokBv— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) October 30, 2017
Tie game. This Pistons v Warriors Finals preview is so lit— Duncan Smith (@DuncanSmithNBA) October 30, 2017
Don't let the World Series distract you from the fact that the Detroit Pistons went to California and stomped out the Clippers and Warriors.— A.K ⚖️ (@Kungu_NBA) October 30, 2017
WARRIORS LOSE TO THE PISTONS AT HOME AND STEPH GOES SCORELESS IN THE 4TH. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.— 3-79 (@SlimWeeper) October 30, 2017
Pistons are not messing around. Look like a totally different team than the one that finished last season.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) October 30, 2017
The Pistons beat the Warriors in Oracle Arena 115-107.— Detroit Bad Boys ☠ (@detroitbadboys) October 30, 2017
The Warriors shot 57 percent and lost the game.
People better start realizing we're legit this season #DetroitBasketball— All You Need Pistons (@pistons_24_7) October 30, 2017
Pistons beat the Warriors at Oracle.— NBA Bulletin (@TheNBABulletin) October 30, 2017
Knicks beat the Cavs at the Q.
Pacers beat the Spurs.
I’m beefing with Draymond’s mom.
The Pistons just beat the Warriors I can’t even be mad if the Lions lose now 😂— Willie R. (@Wreid8_) October 30, 2017
I’m watching the pistons from now on I’m done with the lions— alexis nowowiecki (@_alexxxxis) October 30, 2017
Pistons pic.twitter.com/IX2lnG7PDX— Jahan (@H00PINATI) October 30, 2017