Golden State (26-35) at Detroit (37-20)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Mon Mar 5, 2007
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The Golden State Warriors blew out the Detroit Pistons early in the season, but the teams have gone in opposite directions since then.

The Warriors look to end a season-high six-game losing streak Monday when they visit the Eastern Conference-leading Pistons.

Golden State (26-35) beat Detroit 111-79 at home on Nov. 11 for its largest margin of victory this season. The Pistons, who had won the previous five meetings between the teams, were held to their fewest points against the Warriors since also scoring 79 on Feb. 4, 1964.

Baron Davis had 20 points and nine assists for Golden State, which defeated Detroit for the first time since Nov. 12, 2003. Lindsey Hunter led the Pistons (37-20) with just 14 points off the bench.

“You’re concerned no matter when it is (in a season) because you want to get consistency, and we’ve got to get consistency,” Pistons coach Flip Saunders said at the time.

Nearly four months later, however, Detroit is four games ahead of second-place Cleveland for both the Central Division and Eastern Conference leads. Golden State, meanwhile, is in 12th place in the West, four games behind Denver for the conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.

Even with the November loss, the Pistons have won 16 of their last 21 games against the Warriors. They have also won the last 11 meetings in Detroit since a 91-88 loss there on Nov. 28, 1993.

Davis, who leads the Warriors with 20.7 points per game, has missed the last 13 games with a left knee injury but could return for Monday’s game.

The Pistons have won 12 of their last 14 overall, including Saturday’s 92-89 victory at Memphis. Chauncey Billups had 19 points and Tayshaun Prince chipped in 17 to help Detroit hold off the team with the league’s worst record and bounce back from a loss at Miami the day before.

“We have to improve. Our guys looked like they were dragging,” Saunders told the Pistons’ official Web site. “We needed to slow the pace down and defensively take away their speed. I hope our rhythm holds true. We’ll take off tomorrow.”

The Warriors have not won since an overtime victory against the Grizzlies on Feb. 21 and are coming off their sixth straight defeat, Sunday’s 107-106 loss at Washington.

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas hit three free throws with one-tenth of a second remaining to give his team the win. The officials ruled that he was fouled with a fraction of a second still on the clock, then awarded him an extra free throw when Golden State coach Don Nelson argued the call and was charged with a technical foul.

“We’re going to walk out of here with our heads up high,” said Golden State’s Al Harrington, who scored 25 points. “We’re going into the Detroit game and just try to go get one, but we knew that we did everything to win the game. It wasn’t in our control at the end.”

Jason Richardson added 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who are wrapping up a five-game road trip.

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