Pistons try to remain hot vs. Warriors
(Sports Network) – The streaking Detroit Pistons go for their fifth straight
win when they visit the Golden State Warriors tonight at The Arena in Oakland.
This is the first of two meetings between the squads this season. Detroit is
scheduled to host the Warriors on December 23rd at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Detroit, which last played on December 3rd, plays the second of a four-game
road trip. Rasheed Wallace scored 26 points to lead the Pistons past the
Chicago Bulls, 92-79, last Saturday at the United Center.
Chauncey Billups had 17 points and 11 assists in the win over Chicago for the
Pistons, while Tayshaun Prince also scored 17 points for Detroit which has
beaten the Bulls in 20 of the last 23 meetings, and in addition, the Pistons
have won 11 straight games in the Windy City.
The Pistons, who will also play the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz on
the current swing, are an impressive 8-1 as the visitor this season. They have
won three straight contests on the road.
Golden State attempts to get back on the winning track tonight, as it plays
the finale of a six-game homestand. The Warriors are 4-1 on the current stand.
On Wednesday, reigning MVP Steve Nash scored 28 points and dished out 14
assists to pace the Phoenix Suns to a 118-110 victory over the Warriors at The
Baron Davis totaled 28 points and six rebounds before fouling out in the loss
to Phoenix for the Warriors, who had their five-game winning streak halted .
Mike Dunleavy added 21 points, Derek Fisher netted 18 and Jason Richardson
scored 17 in defeat.
On the injury front, Golden State forward Troy Murphy (flu) is questionable
for tonight’s game. Murphy, who did not play against Phoenix, is averaging
16.1 points and a team-best 8.6 rebounds per game.
The Warriors are 8-4 as the host this season.
The home team has won 10 of the last 11 meetings in this series. Detroit has
won five of its last nine at Golden State.