Caldwell-Pope, Detroit take it to Golden State
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. – Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said Saturday that Golden State can win even when the Warriors don't play their best.
Not on this night, though. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope held his own against Stephen Curry, scoring 20 points as the Pistons handed the defending champion Warriors their second loss in three games, 113-95.
Curry scored 38 points, but Caldwell-Pope gave the Pistons a boost offensively.
"I think we know that we're capable of beating anybody," Van Gundy said.
The Warriors (37-4) reached the midway point of the regular season a victory short of the best 41-game start in NBA history.
Detroit retired Ben Wallace's No. 3 jersey at halftime, and by that time the Pistons led 65-49. They led by 11 after three, then began the fourth quarter on a 16-2 run.
•NOAH DONE FOR SEASON; DONE IN CHICAGO, TOO? Joakim Noah will undergo surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder, the Bulls said, and he will be sidelined four to six months. As an unrestricted free agent, the 6-11 Noah might have played his last game for the franchise that drafted him No. 9 overall in 2007. Noah suffered the injury when he became entangled with Dallas' JaVale McGee on Friday. Noah dislocated the same shoulder Dec. 21 and missed nine games.
• NO SAMBA FOR MAMBA: Kobe Bryant is passing the Olympic torch. Bryant said he is removing himself from consideration for a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer, meaning the five-time NBA champion's retirement begins officially when the Lakers season ends. "I've had my moment," Bryant said.
• COACH-PLAYER INCIDENT: Boston forward Jae Crowder converted a go-ahead layup with 3.9 seconds left off a pass from Marcus Smart, and Boston outlasted host Washington for a 119-117 victory. Crowder received a technical foul for yelling at the Wizards bench, and he later said Washington coach Randy Wittman cursed at him. Wittman held his news conference before Crowder talked to reporters.
• NO COACH-PLAYER INCIDENT: Host Memphis beat New York 103-95 in the first game between the teams since the NBA suspended Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes for two games for his fight with Knicks coach Derek Fisher in October. They avoided each other this time. "I don't care about talking about him," Barnes said.
• CLIPPERS' STREAK ENDS AT 10: DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Sacramento stopped the host Los Angeles Clippers' 10-game win streak with a 110-103 victory. The streak was tied with the Spurs for the longest active win streak.
• BLOWOUT FOR 76ERS: Jahlil Okafor had 25 points and 10 rebounds to help host Philadelphia improve to 5-37 with their most lopsided victory of the season, 114-89 over Portland.