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Storm, start blanket Warriors

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Warriors aren't used to blizzards and early starts. They had to deal with both Sunday, and it didn't go well against Detroit.

Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points, Antonio McDyess had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pistons never trailed in beating the Warriors 109-87.

"We knew we had a chance to take advantage of them early -- this was a tough scheduling game for them -- and we did a nice job of executing," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said.

The game started at 12:30 p.m. and was played in a half-empty arena due to a major snowstorm in Detroit.

"We weren't ready to play, and we got our butts kicked," Stephen Jackson said. "This is definitely uncalled for. We're a professional team. This is terrible -- you start a road trip and get blasted like this."

Jackson was the only Warrior to reach double figures, but he scored nine of his 13 points in the first quarter. Golden State's leading scorer, Baron Davis, scored two points on 1-of-8 shooting, as coach Don Nelson emptied his bench early.

"That's the way it goes sometimes; we pulled the plug early on this one," Nelson said. "We've got a game (today), and sometimes, you have to think beyond just one game. We played the bench and we got a loss, but we were going to get that anyway."

Like Jackson, Davis didn't want to fall back on the early start as an excuse.

"We can't make excuses about the travel and about the time of games," he said. "We could have won this game had we come ready to play."

The Pistons took over with a 28-5 run that consumed most of the second quarter. Jason Maxiell scored the first five points, including two dunks, and Prince later scored nine points in just over two minutes. Hamilton's buzzer-beating jumper gave Detroit a 58-35 halftime lead.

"We were able to slow the game down by going into the post," Prince said. "That's the key against a team like Golden State, but you could tell they weren't themselves."

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