Blake Griffin leads Detroit Pistons to 107-92 upset victory over Los Angeles Lakers

Thanks to a strong efficiency by Blake Griffin, the Detroit Pistons got their finest win of the season on Thursday.

The Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 107-92. Griffin tallied 23 points, 6 helps and 2 rebounds and had possibly his finest video game of the season. Wayne Ellington continued his hot streak, with 20 points on 6 3-pointers, and Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma each scored 22 points for the Lakers, who lacked Anthony Davis for the second of L.A.’s back-to-back video games.

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) makes a jump shot against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) makes a dive shot versus Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) throughout the very first half Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

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Wayne Ellington’s elite shooting streak continues

Ellington got in Thursday with a franchise-record six-game streak of video games with a minimum of 4 3-pointers. He extended it versus the Lakers.

He struck 6 of his 9 3-point efforts. His seventh video game puts him in an elite club; just 7 gamers in NBA history — Steph Curry, Eric Gordon, James Harden, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Duncan Robinson and John Starks — have actually had streaks that long with a minimum of 4 threes.

He may be one of the most enjoyable gamer on the lineup to view. Groups are plainly familiar with his streak, and he saw closeouts from 2 Lakers protectors sometimes. He’s bring up in shift, dancing around screens and utilizing his gravity to develop search for his colleagues. Simply put, he has actually become Detroit’s the majority of constant scorer after Jerami Grant.

Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington (8) drives against Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell (15) during the second half at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.
Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington (8) drives versus Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell (15) throughout the 2nd half at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

Griffin recovers

It looked as though Griffin had actually been waiting to play the Lakers. He was energetic throughout pregame warmups, had a repeating smile throughout the night and assembled his finest video game of the season. He came out shooting, striking a turn-around jumper and 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the video game. He completed the very first quarter with 9 points on 6 efforts and kept shooting.

More than at any other point this season, Griffin appeared like himself. He was aggressive in the post, precise from outdoors and kept his colleagues engaged. He and Ellington kept the Pistons afloat. It’s an excellent indication, as a healthy Griffin would raise the ceiling for this group; it displayed in a win in spite of an off night from Grant.

Turnovers back under control?

The Pistons were on a bad streak of high-turnover video games getting in Thursday. They had actually dedicated 76 in their previous 4 video games integrated, consisting of 22 the previous night versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

They completed Thursday’s win awith simply 8 turnovers, consisting of just one throughout the very first half. It was among the essential statistics of the night. The Cavs scored 30 points off of Detroit’s turnovers. The Lakers? Simply 5.

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