Beaten by the Pistons in Detroit at the end of January, the Lakers began in earnest their second confrontation against the troop of Dwane Casey, who landed in Los Angeles deprived of Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose and Wayne Ellington. LeBron James and Dennis Schröder certainly lose balls on gross technical errors but Los Angeles takes the first advantage all the same (12-5).
The Pistons come back up to par with Jerami Grant but Sekou Doumbouya (holder) can not do anything against Davis who slams a dunk then Schröder who drops him in the baseline. Davis scored 12 points in the period but it was Detroit who won this first quarter with a short header (29-27), while LA already had 8 turnovers …
Pistons that don’t drop out
LeBron James slammed a two-handed dunk to equalize after a loss of ball from the Pistons this time around. The Lakers are on the rise with Kyle Kuzma who finds his rhythm and scores 10 points in the 2nd quarter. With Schröder also waking up to scoring, and four players with 10 points or more at the break, Los Angeles made a break (63-54). The only good news for the Pistons is Svi Mykhailiuk’s perfect game, 11 points in 12 minutes.
It started badly for Detroit in the third quarter with Plumlee getting stung by James. The Lakers continue their race in the lead but they also can not completely free themselves from catchy Pistons, like Josh Jackson and Isaiah Stewart, off the bench for Detroit. The gap rises to 17 points (80-63) but the Pistons finish the period better and remain at a distance (88-78).
Josh Jackson finds the target twice and Detroit is on his way home. Opposite, James will slam a dunk to restore order in the house, but these Pistons definitely do not want to die while Plumlee and Wright will steal offensive rebounds in the Californian hands. The end of the game is undecided with Detroit at -2 in the last minute. James and the Lakers miss several shots and that leaves the door open for Jackson’s equalizer who snatches overtime (106-106).
LeBron takes care of everything
The Pistons take the lead twice at +4, and could even have widened it further, but the Lakers can count on their superstars to come back. Davis won against and Alex Caruso returned a 3-point clutch before James came to equalize at 116 everywhere. Grant can offer the victory to Detroit but his floater does not find the nylon …
In the second overtime, Grant again shows the example with two baskets in aggression towards the circle but Davis and James make the trade with 3-points. The Lakers take +4 with more than a minute to go. James returns a final 3-point stepback to reach 33 units and seal the victory of the Lakers, more complicated than expected (135-129).