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Saturday, March 4th (All times eastern)

Detroit Pistons (48-10) at Los Angeles Lakers (30-29), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons wrap up a four-game road trip tonight, as they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

Detroit is 2-1 on the swing. Richard Hamilton ended with 20 points, including the game-winning jumper with 0.2 seconds left, as the Pistons edged the Seattle SuperSonics, 98-96, on Friday at KeyArena.

Rasheed Wallace finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Chauncey Billups registered 21 points and 11 assists in the win over the Sonics for Detroit, which has won seven of its last eight games overall.

Tayshaun Prince scored 11 points and Antonio McDyess netted 10 in the victory, while Ben Wallace contributed nine points and 10 boards for the Pistons.

The Pistons are an impressive 22-8 on the road this season.

LA plays the opener of a tough two-game homestand. On Friday, Kobe Bryant scored 42 points and became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 16,000 points, as the Lakers built a huge lead in the third quarter on the way to a 106-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors at The Arena in Oakland.

Bryant was just 11-of-29 from the field, but went 4-of-8 from three-point range and 16-of-18 at the foul line. Bryant was 27 years, 192 days old on Friday, when he broke the 16,000 point mark. That's four days younger than the previous mark, established by Wilt Chamberlain on March 5, 1964. Michael Jordan had been second at 28 years, 31 days.

Chris Mihm collected 16 points and Brian Cook scored 12 in the win over Golden State for the Lakers, who have won two of their last three games overall.

The Lakers, who will host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, are a respectable 16-11 as the host this season.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On January 29th, Rasheed Wallace scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Pistons over the Lakers, 102-93, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The home team has won seven of the last eight meetings in this series, while Detroit has captured four in a row and five of the last six contests. The Pistons have lost nine of their last 11 at the Lakers.

03/04 10:39:31 ET


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