Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Detroit.
KENNARD RETURNS, SORT OF - Luke Kennard returned after scoring 27 points for the Grand Rapids Drive in a G League tune-up on Friday night, but Dwane Casey - after saying before the game that Kennard would be available to play - opted not to use him, making Kennard inactive. We've got obviously some of the great shooters in our starting lineup, but we've got a lot of guys that are coming off the bench or been in the lineup who are not three-point shooters or aren't shooting threes. Eric Gordon made two 3-pointers in that stretch and P.J. Tucker added a three-point play. "We've got to get more spacing, get better flow". I didn't really force much, it was just the timing was off.
Drummond finished with 16 points and 19 rebounds, including eight offensive boards.
Detroit is now 13-and-7.
A Kyle Lowry-less Toronto Raptors won their eighth in a row with a 106-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I have worked really hard to get back andI'm feeling really confident physically. I was exhausted a little bit but they were pushing", he said. After a slow start to the season, Thompson's lit it up as of late.
Johnson finished with 19 points, Reggie Jackson 17, Ish Smith 11 and Reggie Bullock 10 in a balanced attack for Detroit, which won its fifth straight and second in two nights.
Danny Green and Pascal Siakam added 15 apiece as the Raptors improved the NBA's best record to 20-4, reaching the 20-win mark quicker than at any time in their history.
Thompson also had 19 rebounds for his 12 double-double of the season and his sixth in the past seven games. Markkanen has missed the entire season with a sprained right elbow.
Elsewhere, Emmanuel Mudiay scored 28 points and rookie Kevin Knox tallied a career-high 26 as the visiting New York Knicks outlasted the high-flying Milwaukee Bucks in overtime, 136-134. Casey's bench outscored Golden State's 42-13.
A 3-pointer by Darren Collison had given IN a 110-107 advantage with 1:12 to go before Cauley-Stein stole the ball and Fox made a layup with 35.1 left to get the Kings within a point.