Warriors visit The Palace
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons aim for their 12th straight home win over Golden State this evening when they welcome the Warriors to The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Pistons have dominated the Warriors on their home floor and in addition to their lengthy winning streak, have won 21 of their last 24 home tilts against Golden State.
The Warriors, though, bested Detroit in their first meeting this season by a healthy margin of 111-79 to snap a five-game losing streak in the series. The Pistons have still won six of eight overall against Golden State.
Detroit won for the fifth time in six games on Saturday, as Chauncey Billups scored 19 points and dished out nine assists to lead the Pistons over the Memphis Grizzlies 92-89 at the FedEx Forum.
Tayshaun Prince added 17 points for the Pistons, who rebounded from Friday night's 85-82 loss to the Heat. Richard Hamilton had 12 points and seven assists and Chris Webber had 13 points and eight boards.
The Pistons are currently 19-10 at home this season and will host Cleveland on Wednesday. Detroit leads the Cavaliers by four games for the lead in both the Central Division and the Eastern Conference.
On the injury front, both guard Ronald Murray (personal) and forward Rasheed Wallace (sprained left foot) are questionable for tonight's game.
The Warriors are coming off a controversial finish on Sunday against Washington that saw their losing streak reach six games.
Al Harrington hit a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds to play to put Golden State ahead 106-104, and Washington called a time out in order to bring the inbounds pass over mid-court.
Gilbert Arenas accepted the inbounds pass and immediately made his way to the basket. He didn't appear to get his driving shot off before the final buzzer sounded, but the officials called a foul. After reviewing the play, one-tenths of a second was put back on the clock. As the officials were reviewing the play, Warriors head coach Don Nelson was issued a technical foul for arguing, thus giving Arenas three foul shots.
Arenas hit the first two from the line, with the first being the technical without any players along side him. Then, after a Golden State time out, he hit the final one from the stripe to give Washington the win.
Jason Richardson scored 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists to lead the Warriors, who have dropped the first four games of their current five-game road trip.
Harrington had 25 points and 13 boards and Monta Ellis tallied 20 points with seven assists for Golden State, which has dropped seven straight on the road.
The Warriors now sit a horrid 6-25 on the road this season, but return home to face Denver on Wednesday. Golden State is dead last in the Pacific Division.DET GSW