The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Detroit Pistons 135-129 after two extra time in their NBA match. The best scorer of the match was Lakers LeBron James with 33 points, 5 rebounds, and 11 assists.
As they were the last time they lost — coincidentally, also against these same Pistons — the Lakers’ issues in this one were mostly self-inflicted. The gave away the ball 22 times — LeBron James had 7 by himself — and often appeared as though they’d challenged themselves to see how many turnovers they could commit and still win. Their defense was mostly sloppy as well, with perimeter players leaving Pistons shooters wide open to keep this game close for far longer than it should have been given both teams’ pedigree and roster situations.
But credit to Detroit: They just kept fighting, winning the battle for 50/50 balls to keep possessions alive and remain in a game they were far overmatched in from a talent perspective. For a good chunk of the night, it appeared the Lakers could be in for another irritating letdown if they weren’t careful. Those fears appeared to be realized as the Lakers scored 0 points in the final four minutes of regulation as Josh Jackson (28 points) of all people exploded down the stretch to send this game to overtime after James missed at the buzzer.
Here are the rest of the match results:
Portland Trail Blazers 99–110 New York Knicks
Denver Nuggets 114-119 Sacramento Kings
Chicago Bulls 118 – 92 Orlando Magic
Brooklyn Nets 108 – 124 Philadelphia 76ers
Toronto Raptors 121 – 132 Atlanta Hawks
Milwaukee Bucks 124 – 99 Cleveland Cavaliers
San Antonio Spurs 111-106 Houston Rockets
Minnesota Timberwolves 118 – 120 Oklahoma City Thunder
Golden State Warriors 132 – 134 Dallas Mavericks
Memphis Grizzlies 109 – 118 New Orleans Pelkins