Big 3 leads L.A. to win vs. Pistons

The Los Angeles Lakers made it through a late scare to beat the Detroit Pistons, 110-106.

Both teams provided punches for the totality of the very first half where lead modifications took place consistently.

The Lakers lastly retreated in the 3rd quarter, a location of battle all season, to take a 19-point lead at one point of the video game. LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis were all substantial throughout this run as the group turned it up on both ends of the flooring.

Nevertheless, the Lakers naturally permitted the Pistons to claw back into the video game throughout the 4th quarter. Trey Lyles began the run, and though the Pistons didn’t have adequate time to take the lead, Los Angeles is very fortunate not to have actually lost.

Here is how the Lakers graded separately from the win:

Russell Westbrook: A-minus

Russell Westbrook had an effective night in general, and he put the pressure on Detroit for all 4 quarters. He had his bank shot entering the very first half and assaulted the rim non-stop in the 2nd en path to a 10-of-16 shooting night. The only failure to his video game was missing out on 4 complimentary tosses; he went 4-of-8 from the stripe.

Westbrook ended up with 25 points, 9 helps and 6 rebounds.

Avery Bradley: D

Avery Bradley had a rough general video game. Though he had some strong specific minutes — like when he poked the ball loose from Cade Cunningham that led to shift points — the bad eclipsed it.

He missed all five of his attempts — four were 3s — and had moments where he got lost on defense, which led to points for Detroit. Frank Vogel inserted Bradley to close out the game, but Bradley was short on a 3-pointer, then chose to bring help defense at the wrong time, which led to a Detroit 3-pointer.

LeBron James: A

LeBron James rebounded from an awful shooting night against the Sacramento Kings. He dropped a game-high 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting. He shot 4-of-6 from deep at one point but finished 4-of-9 because he settled for some jumpers late in the game.

LeBron added nine assists, five rebounds, two steals, a block and multiple and-1 opportunities.

Anthony Davis: A

Anthony Davis finished the game with 24 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists while hitting 10-of-15 shots. He had some moments where he settled for jumpers over the top of shorter defenders, but he also looked to attack the rim more often than in previous games.

He also drilled both of his 3s, which is a positive sign since he’s struggled mightily all season.

DeAndre Jordan: B

DeAndre Jordan had a strong outing in his minutes, particularly at the beginning of the third quarter. His usual flaws came to light again, but his effort on both ends was a bright spot for the Lakers. He finished with nine points on 4-of-4 field goals, six rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist in 21 minutes.

Talen Horton-Tucker: C-plus

Talen Horton-Tucker had a rough start to the game, but he slowly found his rhythm as the game progressed. He made a 3-pointer and converted near the rim along with making impressive plays on the defensive end, like forcing a jump ball after going up vertically and challenging a shot at the rim.

He ended the game with 12 points (4-of-10 FG), eight rebounds, four assists and a block.

Malik Monk: D-plus

Malik Monk has been on fire as of late, but he cooled off in this one. He shot 1-of-5 overall and missed out on all three of his 3s in 22 minutes. He didn’t play with the aggressiveness he usually does.

Carmelo Anthony: D

Carmelo Anthony had a horrible night from the field as he missed all seven of his shots, 4 of which were from deep. However, he helped in other areas like grabbing four rebounds to go with two assists and a steal. His shot seemed rushed, but he provided good minutes at the 4 when James manned the 5.

Wayne Ellington: C

Wayne Ellington made a layup and swished a rainbow 3-pointer in his 15 minutes. He won’t have a revenge game against his former team this year, but his contributions were enough to warrant a passing grade.

Austin Reaves: N/A

Austin Reaves made his return following a hamstring injury. He played six minutes in the first half but definitely looked rough. He mishandled the ball twice that resulted in turnovers, and he didn’t return after that short stint. The crowd gave him a standing ovation and plenty of applause when he first checked in, but he won’t receive a full grade for this video game.



Jobber Wiki author Frank Long included to this report.