Second loss in a row for the Lakers, who lost to one of the worst teams in the league, the Detroit Pistons. They totally cracked in the last quarter (25-14) and left with a 107-92 defeat.
In the absence ofAnthony Davis, Blake Griffin took advantage with 23 points at 8/16 including 5/10 at 3-pts and 6 assists, well helped by Wayne Ellington, which balances a 6/9 from afar for 20 points. Jerami Grant is less successful with 14 points at 5/14 but Mason Plumlee (17 points and 10 rebounds) and Derrick Rose (14 points at 6/12) did the job. Detroit shoots at 46% including 14/36 from far and loses only 8 balls while the Lakers are limited to 40.9% on shots despite a 12/28 from far. LeBron James had started on the hats of wheels by returning his first 7 shots, but then nothing. He finished with 22 points at 8/19 including 4/8 at 3-pts, 7 rebounds and 10 assists, and alone Kykle Kuzma Supported him well with 22 points at 9/17 and 10 rebounds. Dennis Schröder is limited to 10 points at 2/8 and Montrezl Harrell at 8 points at 4/10.
In this match where we had a crossover for almost 3 quarters time, without the least team managing to take a break, everything was played in the last quarter. At 8’40 to go, everything was still to be done since on a 3-point basket from Talen Horton-Tucker, Detroit was only leading 88-87. Behind it was the black hole for the Lakers who went almost 7 minutes without scoring. Result Detroit flew away with a 3-point shot from Blake Griffin who started a terrible 16-0 with the help of Plumlee, Ellington and Grant, game over.