DETROIT, MI—The Los Angeles Clippers snapped a four game winning streak, losing to the Detroit Pistons 97-108 on Friday, November 25.
Blake Griffin and J..J. Redick scored 24 points each for the Clippers, who fell to second place in the Western Conference after the loss. Chris Paul had eight points and a game high 15 assists.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers cited the team’s mistakes as an issue in their first road loss of the season.
“We cut into their lead at the end of the third quarter, but we were still making mistakes,” Rivers said. “When you’re that far behind, you have to play perfect basketball or you use up everything getting it close.”
Marcus Morris led the Pistons with 17 points. Andre Drummond, Ish Smith and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each had 16 points for the Pistons, who won their first game against the Clippers in their last 11 meetings.
Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy was complimentary of his team in the win.
“I’m very happy with the way we played tonight, but we have to be able to take this level of effort on the road,” said Van Gundy after the game. “We’ve got four road games in the next seven days against really good teams. We can’t keep giving those games away.”
Detroit is 8-10 overall and ninth in the Eastern Conference.
The Clippers are now 14-3 and tied with the San Antonio Spurs for second place in the Western Conference. Los Angeles will face the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, November 27 as they continue their six game road trip.