Kentavious Caldwell-Pope held his own against Stephen Curry for most of the night, scoring 20 points as the Detroit Pistons handed the Golden State Warriors their second loss in three games, 113-95 on Saturday.
Much of the pregame talk centered on how well Caldwell-Pope might be able to defend Curry. The Golden State star scored 38 points, but Caldwell-Pope gave the Pistons a boost offensively. The Warriors (37-4) reached the midway point of the regular season a win short of the best 41-game start in NBA history. The 1971-72 Lakers and 1995-96 Chicago Bulls started 38-3.
Detroit retired Ben Wallace's No. 3 jersey at halftime, and by that time the Pistons led, 65-49, on a raucous night at the Palace.
Curry scored 16 points in the third, but the Warriors still trailed by 11 at the end of period. Then Detroit started the fourth on a 16-2 run to lead, 101-76.
Golden State was whistled for three technical fouls. Curry and Draymond Green were hit with technicals late in the second quarter, and interim Coach Luke Walton was called for one in the fourth after a dunk by Detroit's Andre Drummond. The technical free throw by Stanley Johnson made it 94-74.
Drummond had 14 points and 21 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson scored 20 points for Detroit. The Pistons had six players in double figures, while Golden State had only three. Klay Thompson scored 24 points for the Warriors.
at Philadelphia 114, Portland 89: Jahlil Okafor had 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the 76ers snap a four-game losing streak with a rout of the Trail Blazers. Richaun Holmes added 17 points off the bench and Ish Smith and Robert Covington scored 16 apiece for the 76ers, who enjoyed a rare blowout victory.
Boston 119, at Washington 117: Jae Crowder scored on a go-ahead layup with 3.9 seconds left off a pass from Marcus Smart and the Celtics outlasted the Wizards. Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points to lead the Celtics, who won their third straight and snapped a three-game skid on the road.
at Memphis 103, New York 95: The Grizzlies beat the Knicks in the first game between the teams since the NBA suspended Memphis forward Matt Barnes for two games for his fight with New York Coach Derek Fisher in October. Barnes finished with two points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes.
at Atlanta 114, Brooklyn 86: Paul Millsap scored 21 points and went past 10,000 for his career, leading the Hawks to a dominant second half that carried Atlanta past the Nets.
Milwaukee 105, at Charlotte 92: Khris Middleton scored 24 points on 11-for-16 shooting, and the Bucks beat the Hornets. Greg Monroe had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, and Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 14 points and 11 boards. Jabari Parker scored 15 points.
at Utah 109, Lakers 82