Pis­tons power past de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons War­riors

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(The Sports Xchange) - The Detroit Pis­tons were more than happy to take what the War­riors gave them, turn­ing Golden State’s sea­son-high 25 turnovers into a 115-107 win over the de­fend­ing NBA champs on Sun­day.

It was the third con­sec­u­tive win for the Pis­tons, the sec­ond in as many nights on their West Coast road trip.

Avery Bradley led the Pis­tons with 23 points, one more than Reg­gie Jack­son, who had all but two of his points in the first half.

Klay Thomp­son had 29, Kevin Du­rant 28 and Stephen Curry 27 and eight as­sists for the War­riors.

Vic­tor Oladipo scored 23 points, in­clud­ing the de­ci­sive 3pointer, to lift In­di­ana past San An­to­nio.

LaMar­cus Aldridge scored 26 points lead San An­to­nio, which lost its sec­ond game in a row af­ter a four-game, sea­son-open­ing win­ning streak.

Oladipo sank a 3-pointer with 10.3 sec­onds to go to give In­di­ana a 95-94 lead. Aldridge missed a jumper with 5.1 sec­onds left. Cory Joseph was fouled with 3.4 sec­onds re­main­ing and hit both free throws to push the lead to three. Patty Mills missed a po­ten­tial ga­me­ty­ing 3-pointer just be­fore the buzzer.

Tim Har­d­away Jr. scored 34 points to lead New York to a stun­ning win over Cleve­land. New York had lost 10 straight to the Cava­liers, who are in the midst of a three-game los­ing streak.

Kristaps Porzingis added 32 points and 12 re­bounds for the Knicks. New York’s Enes Kanter contributed 18 points and 12 re­bounds, and Court­ney Lee added 15 points and 10 boards.

Kevin Love led Cleve­land with 22 points and 11 re­bounds. Le­Bron James added 16 points, 10 re­bounds and seven as­sists. Der­rick Rose re­turned from a sprained left an­kle and contributed 15 points. He missed the pre­vi­ous four games.

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 33 points, his fifth 30point game of the sea­son, to spark Mil­wau­kee to a win over At­lanta.

An­te­tok­oun­mpo picked up his fourth dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son. He was 14-for-21 from the field and added 12 re­bounds and five as­sists to give the Bucks their sec­ond straight win.

The Bucks also got a sea­son­high 27 points from Khris Mid­dle­ton, who added seven re­bounds and eight as­sists, while Mal­colm Brog­don had 16 points. Hawks guard Den­nis Schroder fin­ished with 21 points and eight as­sists.

John Wall’s 19 points and nine as­sists in 26 min­utes led Wash­ing­ton in a win over fel­low for­mer Ken­tucky guard De’Aaron Fox and Sacra­mento.

Wall pro­duced 11 points in the first quar­ter and scored or as­sisted on every point as Wash­ing­ton bolted to a 13-0 lead and never looked back. Wiz­ards guard Bradley Beal, who was fined $50,000 but avoided a sus­pen­sion af­ter grab­bing Golden State for­ward Dray­mond Green around the neck in Wash­ing­ton’s loss to the War­riors on Fri­day, scored 15 points.

Fox shot 1-for-8 and scored two points. Bog­dan Bog­danovic led the Kings with 15 points.

Kemba Walker scored a sea­son-high 34 points and Dwight Howard scored 22 as Char­lotte cooled off Or­lando.

The Magic, led by Jonathon Simmons’ 27 points off the bench, had a three-game win­ning streak snapped. They were com­ing off a 114-87 home win over San An­to­nio on Fri­day night when they shot 57.1 per­cent from the field.

Walker added 10 as­sists and six re­bounds. He was 15 of 25 as the Hor­nets shot 54.1 per­cent from the field. Dwight Howard contributed 22 points and 10 re­bounds, and Jeremy Lamb had 20 points.

Ja­mal Mur­ray scored a sea­son-high 26 points as Den­ver used a dom­i­nant start to the third quar­ter and pulled away for a vic­tory over Brook­lyn.

The sec­ond-year guard scored 16 of his points in the sec­ond half when the Nuggets outscored the Nets 64-48. He made 8 of 13 shots and came within four of his ca­reer high set April 7 against the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans.

Nikola Jo­kic contributed 21 points and 14 re­bounds for his fourth dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son as the Nuggets pro­duced their best show­ing by far on of­fense. Wil­son Chan­dler contributed 14 of his 18 points in the third quar­ter for Den­ver. Spencer Din­wid­die paced the Nets with 22 points.

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