The Warriors found a way to beat the Pistons Saturday night without leading scorer Monta Ellis. Not entirely shocking, as Stephen Curry has been better than Ellis since the All-Star break.
The Pistons shot a lousy 42 percent (11-26) from he free throw line and allowed the Warriors back into the game in the second half. The Warriors employed a "hack-a-Ben" strategy down the stretch to put Ben Wallace and his 40 percent free throw average at the line. On one of the trips, he air balled both attempts. Why did the Pistons coaching staff allow Wallace to be in the game at that critical point?
Intentionally fouling of a poor free throw shooter could be a problem in the future for Andris Biedrins. Unfortunately, Biedrins was not around to see how the game played out, as he re-aggravated his groin injury and left the game early.
The most surprising part of this win is the fact that the Warriors failed to reach the 100 point mark, but still pulled off the win.