KLAY Thompson hit back-to-back clutch baskets in the final minute as the Golden State Warriors finally put away a gallant stand from the Detroit Pistons in a thrilling 119-113 win at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
Both teams battled in a closely contested match the entire game as no squad led by more than eight. Kevin Durant started out on fire to help push the Warriors up 86-78 with 2:27 remaining in the third. But Tobias Harris led a Pistons counter to get Detroit on top, 95-90, early in the fourth.
The Warriors went on a 12-4 run, capped by consecutive backdoor plays by Ian Clark, to regain the advantage 102-99 midway through the quarter. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Steph Curry got on a scoring duel in the next plays before Reggie Jackson gave Detroit its last taste of the lead, 108-107 with 2:24 to play.
Durant sank a triple to get back control for Golden State, but Detroit tied the game 110-all with two more free throws by Jackson with 1:39 remaining. After a Draymond Green dunk, Thompson stole a Stanley Jackson pass to and hit a jumper to get the Warriors up by four, then countered a Caldwell-Pope basket with a dagger triple to push the advantage to five, 117-112, with just 22 ticks left.
Golden State turned to defense to seal the win, its seventh in a row, to push its record to 27-4.
Durant led the Warriors with 32 points, and Curry added 25. Thompson scored 17, while JaVale McGee chipped in 15 markers off the bench.
Harris came off the bench to lead the Pistons with 26 points. Jackson and Drummond scored 17 and 15 markers, respectively, but Detroit lost its fifth straight game to fall to 14-18.