Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Andrew Wiggins added 27 to lift the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night to a 116-106 victory over the winless Detroit Pistons.
Since losing their first two games by a combined 65 points, the injury-plagued Warriors have won two in a row. Tuesday’s decisive stretch came with Curry on the bench. James Wiseman, the big rookie man, had a dunk and Wiggins followed with a 3-pointer to cap a 12-0 run that in the fourth quarter put Golden State up 98-89.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “Just a great feeling to turn what was a mess of a road trip into a really good one.”
With 27 points, Jerami Grant led the Pistons.
Klay Thompson (right Achilles tendon) and Draymond Green (right foot) are the Warriors without stars, but now Detroit has its own injury concerns. At the conclusion of the concussion protocol, Blake Griffin did not play in the second half, and rookie guard Killian Hayes left with his right ankle sprained.
In the fourth, the Pistons led 89-86 before a 3-pointer by Wiggins tied it. After the 7-footer blocked a shot at the other end and dribbled much of the court’s length, Wiseman’s dunk came. That put the Warriors up by six and sent several Golden State players excitedly spilling out of the bench area. After Wiggins, 3 seconds later, Curry threw a towel into the air.
The Pistons, who in the first half led by as many as 12 points, were up 51-48 after two quarters. Early in the third, Golden State went on a 17-3 burst, but Detroit stayed close well into the fourth.
In the final quarter, Wiggins scored 17 points and three of his five 3-pointers came in the fourth. “He was phenomenal,” Kerr said. “He just took over the game, knocking down 3s, getting to the rim, getting to the foul line. Andrew was fantastic, just that whole fourth quarter.”
After going 10 of 34 from the field to start the season against Brooklyn and Milwaukee, Wiggins has shot better in the past two games.
“Just keep shooting, it’s going to fall,” he said. “You’ve just got to believe in yourself.”