NBA Game Summary - Detroit at LA Lakers
(Friday, November 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 106, LA Lakers 95
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Rasheed Wallace notched a season-high 25 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons captured a 106-95 win against the Lakers, sending Los Angeles to its first loss of the season.
Allen Iverson also collected 25 points while Tayshaun Prince logged 18 and dished out six helpers for Detroit, which will finish a four-game Western road swing by visiting Phoenix on Sunday. The Pistons are a perfect 3-0 so far on the trip and 5-1 overall as the visitor this season.
"This was our first 48-minute game. Our offense was great -- everybody was involved," Prince said. "Sheed (Wallace) got us going with his threes. We moved the basketball and had the fire power to knock down shots."
Kwame Brown secured a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, and Richard Hamilton contributed 12 points as Detroit saw each of its starters finish in double figures.
Kobe Bryant dropped 29 points, six assists, four steals and five boards for the Lakers, who, at 7-0, were tied for their third-best start in franchise history and were the last unbeaten team in the NBA.
Pau Gasol logged a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.
"They came in and shot the ball very well," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said. "Iverson broke our defense down. We were not very effective. They played better than we did."
A pair of jump shots by Iverson closed out the first quarter with Detroit leading 23-16. The Pistons stayed on the attack in the second, opening on a 10-4 run which saw Wallace drain a three 2 1/2 minutes in for a 33-20 advantage.
Both teams continued firing through the middle stages of the second and a Trevor Ariza dunk cut the deficit to seven, but Detroit pressed on and led 53-44 at the half.
The Lakers made a modest 10-4 run in the third with a Vladimir Radmanovic hook shot making it a six-point game a little less than five minutes in, but the Pistons were unrelenting and finished off the third with a reverse from Hamilton and a three-ball by Arron Afflalo for a 77-62 lead.
A Prince three-pointer just past the midway point of the final quarter gave Detroit an 87-71 lead and the Pistons free throw show ensued as they sank 17- of-20 over the final 5 1/2 minutes to seal the victory.
The two teams split the home-and-home season series last season, each winning on their home floor....The home team has won 11 of the last 13 meetings...The Pistons are now 3-2 following the Iverson trade.
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