The Detroit Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 102-97, on Sunday night at Staples Center. Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris led the Pistons with a combined 46 points and 16 rebounds. Andre Drummond posted a double-double, 15 points, and 17 rebounds.
The Lakers started the game strong and led as many as 14 points early on. However, the Pistons managed to bounce back and cut the lead down to eight points at the end of the first quarter. Both teams continued exchanging buckets in the second quarter.
Andre Drummond hit a 3/4 court shot at the halftime buzzer that gave Detroit a two-point lead at the half. The Lakers and the Pistons showed great defense to start the second half where they only scored 15 and 16 points, respectively. They headed into the final minutes of the game with a minimal gap.
Lou Williams, who led the Lakers with 26 points, knocked down a three-pointer, giving them a one-point lead. However, Reggie Jackson managed to create his own shot to regain the lead. Tobias Harris hit a crucial three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in the game.
Williams and D’Angelo Russell tried to answer with three-pointers but didn’t come in. The Pistons won the game, 102-97. The Lakers are now on a four-game losing streak and set to face the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
PISTONS FINALLY SNAP LOSING STREAK IN L.A.
The Pistons entered the game with the goal of ending their losing streak in Los Angeles. Since Pistons owner Tom Gores purchased the franchise in 2011, they haven’t won against either the Lakers or the Clippers. After the game, Gores gave coach Stan Van Gundy a hug and celebrated the team’s victory.
“It’s big. We know — every one of us in this organization, staff, people on the business side, players — we know we’ve got a great, great owner and we haven’t delivered a win here since he’s owned the team,” Van Gundy said. “So it was huge today to finally get one in here. That feels as good as breaking the losing streak.”
The Pistons are currently 19-24 in the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference. They will face the Atlanta Hawks next on Wednesday night.
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