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The Golden State Warriors have struggled to slow down opponents

on the road, where they remain winless.

Their next opponent’s struggles at home could help the Warriors

finally break into the win column.

The Warriors continue a four-game trip Sunday when they take on

the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Golden State dropped to 0-4 on the road following a 112-100 loss

to Charlotte on Saturday – its seventh defeat in eight games

overall. The Warriors (3-8) cut a 22-point lead to six late in the

fourth quarter, but the Bobcats scored seven unanswered points from

there to put the game away.

David Lee scored 24 points – his third straight 20-point

performance – and added 16 rebounds, while Monta Ellis finished

with 18 points. Golden State played without Kwame Brown (torn

pectoral muscle) and Stephen Curry (ankle), although Dorell Wright

(knee) returned to the starting lineup, finishing with 12 points

after missing Thursday’s 117-109 home loss to Orlando.

Despite its spate of injuries, Golden State has scored at least

100 points in three straight games after failing to reach the

century mark in any of its first eight contests. However, it is

also giving up an average of 103.8 points in its last eight

games.

The Warriors allowed Charlotte to shoot 50 percent – 56.1

percent in the first half – on Saturday, leading coach Mark Jackson

to say he was “embarrassed” by his team’s performance.

“We didn’t show up,” Jackson said. “As a coach, that’s on me.

Somehow my guys didn’t come out ready to play. We jumped on them

early and took our foot off the gas. We thought it was going to be

easy. … This type of effort cannot be accepted.”

While the Warriors are struggling to slow opponents, they may

have an easier time against Detroit (3-9), which is averaging 87.2

points at home while losing four of six.

The Pistons snapped a six-game overall losing streak Friday,

winning 98-81 at Charlotte. Jonas Jerebko tied a career high with

22 points while Greg Monroe added 19 points, nine rebounds and five

assists.

“We had some glimpses (in Thursday’s 102-93 loss at Milwaukee)

and (Friday) I think we had a complete game instead of just half a

game and I think it showed on the court,” Jerebko said.

The Warriors and Pistons split their two meetings last season,

with each team winning at home. Detroit has defeated Golden State

four straight times at The Palace of Auburn Hills and has taken 15

of the teams’ last 16 meetings there.

Ellis is averaging 26.7 points in his last three games against

the Pistons.