Playing one of bottom dwellers of the Eastern Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers let the Detroit Pistons hang around long enough to gain some confidence, losing 107-92 in Motown on Thursday Night.
It’s the first time this year the Lakers lost two games in a row. L.A. fell to 14-6 on the season, while the Pistons improved to 5-14 on the year.
Kyle Kuzma got his fifth start of the season in place of Anthony Davis, who sat out due to a right quad contusion. And the Utah product played well, finishing with 22 points -- including 10 in the third quarter – and 10 rebounds.
LeBron James finished with 22 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. It would be James’ second triple-double this season.
Former Los Angeles Clipper Blake Griffin carried Detroit, finishing with 23 points, shooting 5-of-10 beyond the arc. Wayne Ellington added 14 points.
Playing in the second of back-to-back games, the Pistons used a 16-0 run to seize control of the game late in the fourth quarter, as the Lakers appeared to have road weary legs.
What I liked: Pretty cool moment when two, products of Simeon Academy in Chicago guarded each other in 32-year-old Detroit Lions point guard Derrick Rose and 20-year-old Los Angeles swingman Talen Horton-Tucker. Rose finished with 14 off the bench while Horton-Tucker totaled 13 points.
What I did not like: The Pistons shot 13-for-13 from the free throw line. In Wednesday’s loss at Philadelphia, the Sixers finished 16-of-26 from the free throw line. Lakers scored a season-low 46 points in the second half. L.A. shot just 41 percent from the field.
Injuries: Anthony Davis missed his third game of the season due to a right quad contusion. Jared Dudley missed his tenth straight game with right calf soreness.
They said it: “Everybody’s got to play their game. These guys can’t come in and try to be Anthony Davis They’ve just got to impact the game, whatever way they’re capable of.” – Lakers head coach Frank Vogel on what he expects from bench players filling in for Davis.