Thursday night’s clash between the Warriors and Pistons was shaping up to be an exciting game, until the two teams walked out of the locker room to start the second half.
The first half featured 21 lead changes, which was the most in a game involving the Warriors this season, but Golden State outscored Detroit 41-19 in the third quarter to blow the game open. Golden State ultimately won, 127-107, thanks to three players scoring over 20 points.
Kevin Durant led the way with 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Stephen Curry chipped in with 24 points and Klay Thompson added 23 points.
Draymond Green provided the glue by dishing out 13 assists and hauling in nine rebounds. This is exactly what the Warriors envisioned when they put this super team together.
Detroit, who has now lost 11 of its last 16 games, was led by Marcus Morris’ 21 points. Andre Drummond added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Studs of the night
Nuggets center Nikola Jokic scored 22 points while hauling in 10 rebounds and dishing out seven assists in a convincing 140-112 win over the Pacers. Jokic now has 11 double-doubles this season. Denver had six players in double figures Thursday in London.
Terrence Jones and Tyreke Evans: With Anthony Davis out of the lineup following Monday’s injury, the two Pelicans stepped up to help New Orleans to a 104-95 win over the Nets. Evans scored 29 points — the most by anyone on the team all season not named Davis — off the bench, and Jones added 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Dud of the night
Since replacing Rajon Rondo in the starting lineup, Michael Carter-Williams has done nothing to back the controversial decision. Cater-Williams started again in Thursday’s 104-89 loss to the Knicks, and he scored just three points on 1 of 8 shooting. It’s time to put Rondo back in the starting five.
Kawhi Leonard’s sweet shooting was too much for the Lakers:
Kawhi having a GAME.
— NBA (@NBA) January 13, 2017
Leonard finished the 134-94 win with 31 points on 10 of 13 shooting. It’s his 10th game this season of 30-plus points.
Celtics (24-15) at Hawks (22-16), 8 p.m. ET — Just when it looked like the Cavaliers were going to have a free ride to the finals, Boston has emerged as a serious contender behind stud point guard Isaiah Thomas, who is scoring at an alarming rate. Atlanta has traded away some pieces in recent months, but it is still a strong playoff contender.