AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Rodney Stuckey wasn't thinking about redemption, but he might have gotten some anyway.
Stuckey, a former player at Kentwood High and Eastern Washington, finished a tumultuous five-day stretch with 21 points and nine assists to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Golden State Warriors, 102-97, on Sunday.
Stuckey’s problems started early in the second half of Wednesday’s loss in Atlanta. After he ignored coach John Kuester, he was benched for the rest of the game.
He remained on the sidelines for Friday’s win over Charlotte — Detroit’s first victory of the season – but was back in the starting lineup against Golden State.
“That doesn’t matter now – this was just another game,” Stuckey said. “The only thing on my mind tonight was to go out there and do my job.”
Kuester agreed the situation belonged in the past.
“It’s done,” he said. “We’ve moved on.”
The Warriors started the second half with an 18-5 run and led 76-73 going into the fourth quarter.
Richard Hamilton, though, scored seven points of his game-high 27 points in the first two minutes of the quarter to give Detroit a five-point advantage.
The Warriors cut it to three, but Stephen Curry’s tying 3-point try rattled in and out with 13 seconds to go.