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Pistons drop Warriors in Curry's return to action

Dec 1, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball against Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) and guard Langston Galloway (9) during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

Andre Drummond tipped in Detroit misses on consecutive possessions in the third quarter Saturday night to stall a Golden State Warriors comeback, and the Pistons eased away in the fourth period for a 111-102 victory over the two-time defending champions in Stephen Curry's return to action.

The former two-time NBA Most Valuable Player had 27 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes after having missed 11 consecutive games with a strained groin. He shot 10-for-21 from the field, including 3-for-9 on 3-pointers, and committed seven turnovers.

Blake Griffin led Detroit with 26 points, while Drummond gathered a game-high 19 rebounds to go with 16 points.

The Pistons led 54-46 at halftime and by as many as 14 in the third period before the Warriors rallied within 78-76 on a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala with 2:06 left in the period.

But Drummond, who had eight offensive rebounds in the game, dropped in a pair of follow shots and Stanley Johnson bombed in a 3-pointer as the Pistons closed the period with a 7-2 burst to re-establish command at 85-78.

The Warriors were unable to make much headway in the final period, thanks in large part to 6-for-26 shooting from 3-point range.

Johnson finished with 19 points, Reggie Jackson 17, Ish Smith 11 and Reggie Bullock 10 in a balanced attack for Detroit, which won its fifth straight and second in two nights. The Pistons beat Chicago 107-88 at home on Friday night.

Johnson and Smith were part of a bench crew that outscored their Golden State counterparts 42-13.

Kevin Durant had 28 points and a team-high seven assists, and Klay Thompson 21 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Warriors, who lost their sixth straight on the road, their longest road losing streak since February of 2013.

Coming off a 51-point explosion in a 131-128 overtime loss at Toronto on Thursday, Durant shot just 1-for-7 on 3-pointers, while Thompson went just 1-for-5.

The Pistons outscored the Warriors 36-18 on 3-pointers in the win.

–Field Level Media

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