The Los Angeles Lakers had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 36-80 (45.0%) from the field, including 14-31 (45.2%) from three-point range, to pull out the close victory against the Detroit Pistons, 106-102. Los Angeles (9-8) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.
Wesley Johnson had a quality performance, scoring 27 points on 9-11 shooting, including 6-7 on 3-point attempts. Los Angeles also got solid performances from Shawne Williams with 20 points and 9 rebounds, Pau Gasol with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Jordan Farmar with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Despite the loss, Rodney Stuckey put up 22 points off the bench for Detroit on 8-17 shooting from the field and 6-9 from the free throw line. Greg Monroe contributed 19 points and 8 rebounds and Andre Drummond finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
In addition to 12.5% from 3-point range, the Pistons tallied an eFG% of just 44.5%. They are winless (0-5) on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Lakers, conversely, are 2-3 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
This drops Detroit (6-10) to 0-2 against Los Angeles on the year.
Coming up, the Lakers square off against the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 13-3 on the season. The Pistons match up against the Philadelphia 76ers, currently sitting at 6-11 this year.