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The third quarter doomed the PIstons on Wednesday night as they fell to the Warriors at home.
The Detroit Pistons dropped to 6-14 on the season after a 104-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons were competitive for the first half and final quarter, but were blown out by 16 points in what proved to be a decisive third period.
Detroit was led in scoring by Tayshaun Prince, who scored 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go along with five assists and two rebounds. Bizarrely for the Pistons, four players were in double digits off the bench, while Prince was the only starter to break the 10-point threshold. As for those bench players, Rodney Stuckey dropped 17 points, nine assists and four rebounds while Andre Drummond chipped in with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
As a team, Detroit shot 44 percent to Golden State's 45 percent, but made three fewer three-pointers and six fewer free throws, margins that helped swing the game. The Warriors were powered by their backcourt, with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry scoring 27 and 22 points, respectively.
The Pistons will have a day off before returning to the floor on Friday night when they host the Chicago Bulls.