Pistons rally for 104-99 win over Cavs despite James' 30

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) Andre Drummond had 25 points and 18 rebounds, and made some crucial free throws when he was fouled intentionally, helping the Detroit Pistons rally to a 104-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

LeBron James scored 23 of his 30 points in the first half, but the Pistons double-teamed him on a couple of big possessions down the stretch and Cleveland couldn’t convert. The Cavs lost their second straight after winning eight in a row.

Drummond’s free throw with 2:07 left gave the Pistons a 98-97 advantage, and Detroit was able to hold on.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 37 points to lead the defending champion Warriors to their 12th straight win to open the season, a hard-fought 115-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Klay Thompson added 19 points and Andrew Bogut scored 13 for the Warriors, off to the best start since Dallas won the first 14 games in 2002-03. Golden State needs three wins to equal the NBA record of 15-0 held by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points apiece for the Raptors.

In New Orleans, Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 32 points for the Nuggets and the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis hurt his left shoulder in the first quarter as Denver won 115-98.

Jameer Nelson scored all 16 of his points in the last 14:10 of the game, helping Denver secure its fourth victory in five games. Will Barton added 17 points and Gary Harris 16.

Ryan Anderson scored 24 and Eric Gordon 19 for the injury-riddled Pelicans.

The Brooklyn Nets edged the Atlanta Hawks 90-88 after Brook Lopez had 26 points and Thaddeus Young hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, Young knocked away Thabo Sefolosha’s inbounds pass to Al Horford as time expired.

Young finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jarrett Jack and Shane Larkin each had 14.

In other games, Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points and Zach LaVine added 17 as the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a triple-double by Miami’s Hassan Whiteside to beat the Heat 103-91, the New York Knicks defeated the Charlotte Hornets 102-94and the Washington Wizards were 115-86 winners over the Milwaukee Bucks.

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