LeBron James leads LA Lakers to their fifth consecutive victory while holding off the Detroit Pistons
LeBron James leads LA Lakers to their fifth consecutive victory with his second triple-double in five days, while Anthony Davis organizes a block party to hold the Detroit Pistons
- The Los Angeles Lakers conquered the Detroit Pistons 106-99 on Sunday evening
- LeBron James recorded a triple-double in the controversial game
- The Lakers also shot 20 blocked shots – a shortage of their franchise record
LeBron James placed 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, while Anthony Davis had eight of the 20 blocked shots of Los Angeles Lakers in their fifth straight win, 106-99 on the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
Davis scored 11 of his 24 points in the last three minutes and 40 seconds and added 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who blew a late 11-point lead in a wild fourth quarter and nearly lost to a team with a losing record for the first times all season.
Instead, Alex Caruso scored 13 points and the Lakers ended one blocked shot short of their franchise record while holding to remain undefeated since Christmas, when they had a skid with four games. Los Angeles had 21 blocks against Denver in April 1982.
LeBron James (L) added a triple-double in the LA Lakers 106-99 win over the Detroit Pistons
James finished with his 90th triple-double, his ninth of the season and his second in five days.
Derrick Rose scored 28 points and former Lakers guard Svi Mykhailiuk had 14 – one of his career high – for the Pistons, who lost nine out of 11 despite a vigorous effort against the leaders of the Western Conference.
Andre Drummond added 12 points in two-of-13 shots and 18 rebounds before he dropped out late, and the Pistons ended the California part of their six-game road trip with a heartbreaker.
Lakers finished a block less than their franchise record with an excellent defensive display
The Lakers scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter in a rally with James and Caruso led by a four-point deficit in a 90-79 lead.
After finally scoring nearly five minutes in the quarter, Detroit bundled nine straight points and a 13-1 point to win back the lead with four minutes and 51 seconds left.
James’s driving, two-handed opinion brought the Lakers 96-92 with three minutes and 22 seconds, and Davis was unstoppable.
After Rose hit a 3-pointer with one minute and 3 seconds to shorten LA’s lead to one point, Davis answered with an angle 3, and Dwight Howard got the 20th blocked shot from the Lakers moments later.
It was the Lakers’ fifth consecutive win that keeps them at the top of the Western Conference
Howard finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.
Avery Bradley sprained his judge just before half time and did not return for the Lakers. The starting watch missed 13 games earlier this season with a broken hairline.
The Lakers blocked eight shots in the first quarter alone, including four from Davis and three from JaVale McGee, who finished with six.
Howard finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in the win at the Staples Center
Los Angeles blocked 12 shots and kept Detroit up to 35 percent in the first half, but Rose and Drummond still kept the Pistons close.
Detroit also stayed in by making the first 21 consecutive free throws until Drummond missed midway through the third quarter.
The Pistons still took their first lead late in the third on back-to-back 3-pointers from Mykhailiuk and Langston Galloway.