NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 29th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (23-19) at Detroit Pistons (36-5), 6:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons try to extend their season-high winning streak to 11 games this evening when they wrap up a three-game homestand against the Los Angeles Lakers at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
On Friday, Chauncey Billups scored 16 of his game- high 34 points in the fourth quarter, as Detroit continued its home dominance with a 95-89 victory over Memphis. Richard Hamilton added 19 points with seven assists for the Pistons, who have won an amazing 19 of their 21 games in their arena this season.
Tayshaun Prince added 16 points and eight boards, while Rasheed Wallace donated 12 points with 13 rebounds.
At 36-5, Detroit is off to the fourth-best start in league history through 41 games, trailing only the 38-3 record by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 and the Lakers in 1971-72, and the 37-4 mark by Philadelphia in 1966-67.
A win tonight would give Detroit its first 11-game winning streak since March 30-April 19 of last season. The team record is 13 straight - last accomplished from December 27, 2003-January 19, 2004.
The Lakers, meanwhile, come in on a winning note as well after Kobe Bryant, playing for the first time since his 81-point performance, scored 25 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Los Angeles over the Golden State Warriors, 106-105, on Friday at Staples Center.
Smush Parker added 17 points for the Lakers, who have won two straight and eight of 11. Chris Mihm and Brian Cook each added 12 points for Los Angeles, which rallied from a nine-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to capture the win.
The Lakers, who will be starting a seven-game road trip tonight, are 11-11 away from home this season.
Detroit won both matchups from the Lakers last season and should have the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series has won six of the last seven meetings.
01/29 10:23:56 ET