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Game Preview: Warriors at Pistons - 12/8/17

END OF THE ROAD
The Warriors' season-long six-game road trip comes to an end when the Dubs travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons on Friday night. This will be the second and final meeting between the two teams this season, and Golden State will attempt to avenge their home loss to Detroit back on October 29th. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. (Pacific) and fans can watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and ESPN, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game and the Warriors Radio Network.

LAST TIME OUT
Kevin Durant recorded his first triple-double of the season in Golden State's 101-87 win over the Hornets on Wednesday night. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW DET
20-6 14-10
2nd in West 4th in East
PTS: 117.8 (1st) PTS: 104.3 (18th)
REB: 44.9 (8th) REB: 42.1 (22nd)
AST: 30.9 (1st) AST: 22.3 (17th)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
When the Warriors last played the Pistons – back on October 29 at Oracle Arena – the Dubs trimmed a 13-point fourth quarter deficit down to three with less than two minutes to go, but their comeback attempt ultimately fell short in a home loss to the Pistons. Klay Thompson (29 points), Kevin Durant (28) and Stephen Curry (27) shot a combined 33-for-50 (66 percent) from the floor, but it wasn’t enough to keep 26 turnovers from turning into 33 points for Detroit. Despite that loss, the Dubs have still won 11 or their last 13 regular season games vs. the Pistons, including a sweep of the two-game season series in the 2016-17 campaign.

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Quinn Cook, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Jordan Bell and Zaza Pachulia
DET: Reggie Jackson, Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Stanley Johnson and Andre Drummond

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Draymond Green (shoulder soreness) and Andre Iguodala (sore left knee) are probable. Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) is questionable. Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) and Patrick McCaw (nose contusion/concussion) are out. Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes
DET: Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) is out. Team Notes

KD STEPS UP
With Stephen Curry out of action for at least a few weeks to recover from an ankle injury, the opportunity is there for other players to take on more of a playmaking role. Thankfully for the Warriors, they have no shortage of options in that department, and really good ones at that. Kevin Durant tallied his ninth-career triple-double (and first this season) in Wednesday’s win in Charlotte, tallying a season-high tying 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Durant joins Houston’s James Harden as the only players to record a triple-double with at least 35 points this season. In the two games this season that Durant has played when Curry missed, Durant has posted his highest assist totals of the season. Look for Durant to make even more plays as the Dubs wrap up their road trip and get ready for home-heavy rest of the calendar year.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW DET
PTS: Curry (26.3) PTS: Harris (19.2)
REB: Green (7.3) REB: Drummond (15.3)
AST: Green (7.1) AST: Jackson (5.5)

DETROIT SCOUTING REPORT
After winning 14 of their first 20 games, the Pistons were off to their best 20-game start in a decade, but have since lost four-straight, dropping them to fourth place in the East with a record of 14-9. More than half of their victories have come at home, where Detroit has lost just two games all season. Leading the way for the Pistons is center Andre Drummond, who is averaging a double-double and leads the NBA in rebounding with an average of 14.7 points and 15.3 boards per game. Detroit is one of the best teams in the league at limiting transition points, holding their opponents to just 9.1 fast break points per game. The Warriors average a league-leading 22.9 fast break points per game, so that will be an area to watch when the Dubs and Pistons get together for the final time this season on Friday.

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