NBA Game Summary - Detroit at LA Lakers
(Saturday, March 4th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 105, Detroit 94
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Lamar Odom had 24 points and dished out 10 assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over the Detroit Pistons, 105-94, at the Staples Center.
Chris Mihm added 12 points and Brian Cook scored 10 for the Lakers, who used an 18-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to turn a 10-point deficit into an eight-point lead they would never relinquish.
"We played about as well as we played all season," said LA head coach Phil Jackson. "They had back-to-back games like we did, but you could see their legs getting tired. I had a suspicion that we could win this game tonight, but they played above my expectations."
Chauncey Billups had 24 points and 10 assists and Richard Hamilton had 20 points for the Pistons, who have dropped two of three.
Down 78-68 with just over two minutes left in the third, Kwame Brown started Los Angeles' run with a three-point play. Odom had 10 points during the surge, which gave the Lakers an 80-78 lead after three quarters and an 86-78 cushion by the time it was over.
Detroit later drew within four points, 86-82, on a pair of Hamilton free throws with over 7 1/2 minutes remaining, but that was as close as the team could get.
Brown ended with just three points, but also had 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won two straight and three of four.
Rasheed Wallace ended with 17 points and Tayshaun Prince tallied 13 for Detroit, which trailed 32-29 after one quarter, but went into halftime with a 58-51 lead.
"They were aggressive and we played out of character on defense," said Detroit head coach Flip Saunders. "They're 18-0 run really dictated the game."
The Lakers ended a four-game losing streak to the Pistons, earning their first win against the club since November 14, 2003...LA improved to 17-11 at home...The Pistons fell to 22-9 on the road...Detroit ended a four-game road trip 2-2...LA ends a two-game homestand on Monday against the Spurs.
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