Los Angeles Lakers barely beat Detroit Pistons
The Los Angeles Lakers are still battling issues but managed a close win against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
The Lakers managed a win by a single point at 98-97 when they were once up 18 points. It was Pau Gasol who was the defending on the Pistons’ final play that did not make it through the hoop. Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds.
This was the second game where Dwight Howard sat out with a sore right shoulder and Gasol came in and played a great game. Free throws became an issue for the Lakers at the end of the game. In the final seconds, the Lakers missed four free throws, two of them by Steve Nash. Nash is someone who is known for being an exceptional shooter from the line.
Steve Nash felt bad about missing those two, according to the Associated Press. Nash said, ”I feel bad that it could’ve cost us the game and that I choked two up there. A win is a win, but I take a lot of pride in being a fourth-quarter player and making shots, particularly free throws.”
It should also be noted that Metta World Peace showed a little bit of Ron Artest against the Pistons. World Peace got into a fight with Brandon Knight, followed by a screaming match with Jason Maxiell, according to USA Today.
In the second quarter, Greg Monroe fouled Pau Gasol and after that World Peace was seen getting into a fight with Knight under the net. World Peace got a small hit in to Knight’s jaw and, after they were separated, World Peace began to shout with Maxiell. A flagrent foul was called on World Peace.
After the game World Peace said, “He is a small guy. He was trying his hardest to keep me off him. He worked hard, man. That kid, I don’t know where he’s from, I don’t know what school he went to, because he was guarding me and I was crashing the boards. He’s a tough kid, man. He tried to keep me off the glass and he did a good job. That’s all I can say. He’s a tough kid, very great. He’s a tough point guard or shooting guard or whatever he is.”