War­riors:

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Con­nor Le­tourneau

Kevin Du­rant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thomp­son, left, each score more than 20 as Golden State rides a sec­ond­half surge to beat the Pis­tons 127-107.

Late in the first quar­ter Thurs­day night, Stephen Curry leaped into the key and found Ian Clark wide open in the far corner.

Clark took one drib­ble, al­lowed a mo­ment to gather his feet and net­ted a high-arc­ing three-pointer. With a towel draped across his shoul­der on the side­line, Kevin Du­rant slid his feet, scrunched his face and fanned Clark.

It was the type of un­bri­dled ex­cite­ment that three-point­ers have pro­vided the War­riors nu­mer­ous times the past few years. In its 127-107 rout Thurs­day of Detroit, Golden State re­minded a sell­out Or­a­cle Arena crowd of 19,596 just how po­tent it can be be­yond the arc.

The War­riors fin­ished 15-for-29 (51.7 per­cent) from three-point range, with five play­ers — Du­rant (25 points, nine as­sists), Curry (24 points, five steals), Klay Thomp­son (23 points), Clark (14 points) and Andre Iguo­dala (eight points) — hit­ting mul­ti­ple treys. In the third quar­ter, af­ter a first half that fea­tured 21 lead changes, Golden State used an 8-for-12 show­ing from deep to outscore the Pis­tons 41-19 and erase all sus­pense.

While three-point­ers fu­eled the War­riors, they were the ruin of a Detroit team try­ing to con­tend for the Eastern Con­fer­ence’s eighth seed. The Pis­tons were a com­bined 6-for-28 (21.4 per­cent) from be­yond the arc. Mar­cus Morris (team-high 21 points), Tobias Har­ris (18) and Reg­gie Jack­son com­bined to miss 13 of 16 three-point shots.

“The way the game is played these

“Tonight was one of our bet­ter nights from three for the year. I ex­pect us to shoot bet­ter from three the sec­ond half of the sea­son.” Steve Kerr, War­riors head coach

days, it’s re­ally im­por­tant to be able to guard the three-point line,” Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said. “All you have to do is look at all the best teams in the league. They all shoot the three well, so it’s some­thing we’ve got to con­tinue to do.”

The War­riors’ 1,077 three-point­ers last sea­son shat­tered the pre­vi­ous NBA record of 933 set by the 2014-15 Rock­ets. A sea­son af­ter sink­ing a league-record 286 threes, Curry be­came the first player to hit 400 in a sea­son (402). Golden State, which fin­ished shoot­ing 41.6 per­cent be­yond the arc, be­came the sixth team in NBA his­tory to con­vert at least 40 per­cent of its three­p­oint shots.

Then it added Du­rant, who ranked 11th in the league last sea­son with 186 threes. The four-time NBA scor­ing cham­pion was com­ing off five straight sea­sons in which he shot bet­ter than 38 per­cent be­hind the arc. A mas­ter at spac­ing the floor, Du­rant’s sign­ing raised an in­trigu­ing ques­tion: Could the War­riors be­come even bet­ter from three-point range?

As the sea­son’s mid­way point nears, Golden State has been less suc­cess­ful — al­beit, still elite by most stan­dards — from its sig­na­ture part of the court. Though they en­tered Thurs­day lead­ing the league in scor­ing (117.3 points per game), field-goal per­cent­age (49.8), as­sists (31) and fast-break points (21.8), the War­riors were only fourth in both three­p­oint per­cent­age (37.9) and three-point­ers made (455). Hous­ton, eas­ily No. 1 in the NBA with 613 treys, was on pace to break the War­riors’ sea­son record, which seemed al­most un­touch­able only months ago.

“To be hon­est, I don’t think we’ve shot it that well the first half of the sea­son,” said Kerr, whose team recorded its league-best 27th game with 30 as­sists this sea­son. “Tonight was one of our bet­ter nights from three for the year. I ex­pect us to shoot bet­ter from three the sec­ond half of the sea­son.”

In the first half Thurs­day, the Pis­tons shot 24-for-34 (70.5 per­cent) on two-point­ers to en­ter in­ter­mis­sion down two points. But they had lit­tle an­swer for Golden State’s three-point bar­rage in the third. As their de­fense tight­ened and the long-range bombs rained, the War­riors raced to a 26-point lead.

They were left rev­el­ing in their sev­enth win in eight games. Af­ter a rash of close vic­to­ries, a sec­ond-half blowout gave Du­rant and oth­ers plenty of rea­sons to cel­e­brate.

Now, they have three days to pre­pare for a Cleve­land team that has won four games in a row against Golden State.

“I’m very ex­cited about that,” Dray­mond Green said. “I don’t know when is the last time we had three days off.”

San­ti­ago Me­jia / The Chronicle

San­ti­ago Me­jia / The Chronicle

Stephen Curry stops and pops. Curry made 9 of his 17 shots, in­clud­ing 3-of-9 from three-point range, and had 24 points in the War­riors’ vic­tory.

San­ti­ago Me­jia / The Chronicle

Zaza Pachu­lia sig­nals that, yes, that was a three-pointer that Stephen Curry had hit dur­ing the first half.

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