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Warriors hold off pesky Pistons, 105-97

Thursday - 3/14/2013, 2:16am  ET

Golden State Warriors' David Lee, left, lays up a shot past Detroit Pistons' Jonas Jerebko (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ANTONIO GONZALEZ
AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- David Lee has been able to do something this March that he rarely has for most of his eight-year NBA career: watch what is happening around the league with a vested interest in the outcome.

Even mundane days like Wednesday can turn into big nights.

The All-Star forward tuned into other games in the afternoon, helped the Golden State Warriors grind out a 105-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons and returned to his locker to see what went down while he had been on the court.

"I've been on a lot of teams where you're waiting for the season to be over," said Lee, who had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. "It doesn't matter what else is going on because you're not in any kind of race. That's why this time of year is exciting and we're going to make the most of it."

Stephen Curry had 31 points and eight assists, and Jarrett Jack finished with 19 points and five assists off the bench to make sure the Warriors avoided a monumental setback. They improved to 4-2 on their season-high, seven-game homestand, which ends Friday against Chicago, and remained 1
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