Pistons vs. Lakers – NBA Game Recap – November 18, 2022

LOS ANGELES — — Anthony Davis had 38 factors and 16 rebounds, Lonnie Walker added 17 factors and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Detroit Pistons 128-121 on Friday evening to win consecutive video games for less than the second time this season.

LeBron James missed his third straight sport with a left groin pressure for the Lakers, unable to return even after his struggling staff had the earlier 4 days off. His teammates nonetheless earned Los Angeles’ fourth victory of a tough season with a second-half surge catalyzed by Austin Reaves, who scored 11 of his 16 factors after halftime, and completed off with Davis’ 16 factors within the fourth quarter.

“I’d be glad if I had zero factors and we gained,” Davis mentioned. “We’ve received to place a string of wins collectively to get again on this factor, however take it one sport at a time.”

After dropping 37 on the Nets, Davis had his second consecutive prolific sport in James’ absence, even going 18 of 21 from the free throw line. Davis has again-to-again 30-level video games for the primary time since final Feb. 2-3

“He’s been a monster this entire season, however undoubtedly the final three video games or so,” Reaves mentioned. “That’s what he does, and everyone is aware of it.”

Russell Westbrook had 10 factors and 12 assists for the Lakers, who had misplaced 5 straight earlier than again-to-again victories over Brooklyn and Detroit.

Alec Burks scored 23 factors and Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 for the Pistons, who’ve misplaced six straight. Killian Hayes had 18 earlier than fouling out as Detroit dropped again-to-again video games in Los Angeles to open a six-sport street journey.

The Pistons, who’ve misplaced 14 of 16, performed their fourth straight sport with out former No. 1 general draft decide Cade Cunningham, who has a sore left shin.

“We’re struggling, looking for a win,” coach Dwane Casey mentioned. “Everybody goes to have their alternative, so do not rely your minutes, make your minutes rely.”

The Lakers’ harm issues eased with the season debuts of Dennis Schröder and massive man Thomas Bryant, who each joined Los Angeles within the offseason. Both then missed the primary 13 video games with related thumb accidents that required surgical procedure.

Bryant had eight factors and 5 rebounds in opposition to the Pistons, whereas Schröder had two assists and performed sturdy protection. Bryant re-signed with LA in July, 4 years after the Lakers waived him, whereas Schröder re-signed in September after the German level guard spent the previous yr away with Boston and Houston.

“It was nice simply taking part in in entrance of the followers,” Schröder mentioned. “My first time (with the Lakers) was after COVID, so I did not get to expertise our followers.”

Los Angeles trailed by 14 within the second quarter, however took a 68-64 halftime lead on Walker’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer off an attractive inbounds cross from far down the sideline by Westbrook, who had 10 assists within the first half alone.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Saddiq Bey injured his ankle within the fourth quarter. Casey didn’t instantly know the seriousness of the harm. … C Isaiah Stewart missed his second straight sport with a sprained huge toe. … G Cory Joseph was accessible, however did not play after lacking two video games with hip soreness.

Lakers: Coach Darvin Ham is a Michigan native who rooted for the Pistons rising up earlier than he gained a title with Detroit as a participant in 2004. He mentioned he is nonetheless in shut contact with Larry Brown, his coach on that championship staff. … Juan Toscano-Anderson missed the sport with again soreness. … Rookie G Max Christie missed the sport within the NBA’s well being and security protocols.

UP NEXT

Pistons: At Sacramento on Sunday.

Lakers: Host San Antonio on Sunday.

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