NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Detroit
(Thursday, January 31st)
Final Score: Detroit 90, LA Lakers 89
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Tayshaun Prince scored 22 points, including a three-point shot with 4.4 seconds remaining that lifted the Detroit Pistons over the LA Lakers, 90-89, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Lakers have not won in the Motor City since January 8, 2002, having lost nine in a row. That skid includes three defeats in the 2004 NBA finals.
Chauncey Billups ended with 16 points and also dished out seven assists for the Pistons, who began a five-game homestand and have won four straight overall.
"That was a fun type of game," said Billups. "I was really proud of our bench. They were great. Every time they were in, they opened it up, came back for us and increased the lead in the first half. It was a big win for us. Our bench won us the game. Tay (Tayshaun Prince) hit the (last) shot but the bench is what won it for us."
Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 39 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who have dropped four of five. Bryant also added a career-worst 11 turnovers as Los Angeles began a season-long, nine-game road trek.
"We dominated play tonight and Kobe was real good out there trying to feed his teammates," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. "Guys weren't catching, guys weren't coming to the ball and he ended up with 11 turnovers and not all of it was his fault."
It was 72-67 in favor of the visitors heading to the fourth, and Bryant kept them afloat down the stretch. He made it 86-83 with just under two minutes left, and after a Prince tip shot at the other end, Bryant's jumper made it 88-85 with 1:26 on the clock.
Detroit once again made it a one-point game on a Billups lay-in, but then wasted a golden opportunity when Richard Hamilton followed up with a missed jumper and then had a free throw attempt hit off the back of the rim.
However, with 4.4 seconds remaining Prince hit a three-point shot after nabbing an offensive rebound, and Lamar Odom's last-second air ball sealed the Lakers' fate.
Hamilton ended with 14 points, while Arron Afflalo and Rodney Stuckey each added 10 apiece off the bench for Detroit.
The Pistons had a strong first quarter, and after trailing briefly at the opening tip, began to build momentum. A Billups' trey late in the stanza made it 26-16, giving the club a double-digit margin.
The Lakers worked to close the gap, but still trailed 29-22 heading to the second quarter.
Detroit then opened on a 16-6 run, capped by a Prince layup at 5:39 that made it 45-28. The Pistons then struggled the rest of the way, while the Lakers closed the gap substantially and trailed just 52-45 at halftime.
Los Angeles turned the tide and completely dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Pistons 27-15. Bryant put things in motion with a reverse layup, blazing the path for what would be a 17-5 Lakers' run.
Bryant had 12 points during the spurt, and knocked down back-to-back three- pointers to give the Lakers a 62-58 lead with 4:18 left in the third.
Derek Fisher ended with 15 points and Ronny Turiaf had 12 for Los Angeles...The Lakers have lost three in a row on the road and own an 11-9 record as the guest this season...The Pistons are a solid 16-4 at home...This was the second and final meeting between the clubs this season. The Lakers posted a 103-91 win on November 16 at the Staples Center in the first meeting...Detroit has won seven of nine and eight of the last 11 meetings overall.
01/31 23:49:33 ET