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The Golden State Warriors dropped their second-straight game amid damning numbers.

Plus Donovan Mitchell made a trade statement and a half to the New York Knicks.

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Mon, 31 Oct

Monday October 31st

WARRIORS DROP SECOND STRAIGHT

A day after falling to the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors have been upset for a second-straight game in a 128-114 road loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday (all times AEDT).

Saddiq Bey (28 points, four threes, 6-of-6 free throws) lit up for the Pistons and Cade Cunningham (23 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists) and Isaiah Stewart (24 points, 10-of-11 free throws, 13 boards, two triples) also came up big.

Meanwhile for Golden State, Steph Curry and Jordan Poole combined for 62 points – the latter filling in as a starter for Klay Thompson (managed) out – but Andrew Wiggins (10 points) was the only other Warrior to hit double figures as the reigning champs fell to 3-4.

According to StatMuse, the Warriors are now ranked 19th in the league in offence and 22nd in defence – ranked 17th and first in each area last year respectivley in a worrying drop off.

Steve Kerr’s side had control early, winning the opening period 37-29 behind hot starts from Wiggins and Poole.

But it was all the Pistons from that stage, dominating the second term to lead 63-55 as Bey and Stewart took over.

Detroit led by as much as 19 points at one stage during the third before Golden State gradually chipped away at the deficit as Curry tried to drag his team back into the game.

It included the Warriors getting to within eight after Curry drilled a three-pointer with five minutes left in the ball game.

But it was too late as Bey responded with back-to-back threes and the Pistons made their free throws down the stretch to hang onto the big win and improve to 2-5 – ending a five-game losing streak.

MITCHELL TORCHES KNICKS

Somewhere, Leon Rose had to be regretting holding onto all those extra draft picks.

After months of trade talks, the Knicks president couldn’t bring Donovan Mitchell home, and the Knicks saw up close what kind of talent they could’ve — and maybe should’ve — had.

Mitchell dominated the Knicks from start to finish, providing another early-season reminder that this roster lacks a takeover superstar in a 121-108 Cavaliers victory at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Sunday night.

Mitchell scored 38 points and added 13 assists as Cleveland, even without All-Star guard Darius Garland, owned the final quarter to win its fifth straight game. The Knicks, meanwhile, fell to 3-3, and 0-3 against playoff-caliber opponents. Their perimeter defence was mostly non-existent, allowing the Cavs to hit 23 of 50 3-point attempts, eight off the bench from Kevin Love (29 points).

The Knicks’ stars, meanwhile, were nowhere to be found down the stretch, as Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle and RJ Barrett combined for six points in the last quarter. Mitchell scored 12 himself.

Mitchell lit up for the Cavs (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

The Knicks’ bench, so strong to start the year, crumbled early in the fourth. The quarter began with five empty trips in six possessions and three turnovers. A nine-point lead was erased in a barrage of Love 3-pointers and Mitchell’s four-point play with 7:25 to go. Love’s four-point play, just over two minutes later, gave the Cavs the lead for good. From there, Mitchell absolutely took over, sinking a 3-pointer to extend the lead to nine and setting up Love for another 3 to put the game away.

Mitchell started the game like he was shot out of a cannon, producing 15 points and five assists in the opening 8:39. The Knicks started slow-footed veteran Evan Fournier on Mitchell, and he torched him from deep. At one point, Mitchell walked into a 25-footer — one of his five first-quarter 3’s — like it was nothing as the shot clock expired, and either scored or assisted on all 14 Cavaliers points in an electric 14-5 run that gave them a 10-point edge late in the first quarter.

The Knicks did well to stay close, responding to that Mitchell-led run with 10 consecutive points of their own. They were down by just three at the break despite their porous 3-point defence that enabled the Cavs to hit 12 of 22 from downtown.

Barrett entered the game 4 of 28 from distance, and hit all three of his attempts from beyond the arc in the first half. He was the Knicks’ best player in the opening 24 minutes, right ahead of their key reserves, Isaiah Hartenstein and Immanuel Quickley. After his off game on Friday, Brunson didn’t start much better, shooting 1-for-7 in the opening half and missed shots he had been making the better part of the early season.

He picked it up after halftime, keying a 12-1 Knicks run that turned a three-point deficit into an eight-point lead. The Cavs stormed right back, starting with a Mitchell 3-pointer and eventually got even on Dean Wade’s 3-pointer, but Brunson and Co. kept pushing in what was arguably their best quarter of the season. When it was over, the Knicks were up nine, after outscoring the Cavaliers 34-22, forcing four turnovers and holding Cleveland to 3 of 15 shooting from deep. Brunson scored 12 points in the frame, shaking off his sluggish first half.-

Written by Zach Braziller from New York Post (read original story here)

ALL RESULTS

PELICANS 112 CLIPPERS 91

WIZARDS 94 CELTICS 112

KNICKS 108 CAVALIERS 121

WARRIORS 112 PISTONS 128

TIMBERWOLVES – SPURS

MAGIC – MAVERICKS

ROCKETS – SUNS

NUGGETS – LAKERS

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