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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Pistons – Game 55 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (29-26)  |  Detroit Pistons (8-45)

 

Thursday night at Crypto.com Arena, as it was the Lakers vs Pistons. The Lakers came out hot and never looked back as they dominated the Pistons in a 125-111 win over Detroit.

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles in their final home game before heading into the NBA All-Star break.

Behind another solid offensive performance, the Lakers downed the Pistons 125-111 for their second consecutive game. The Lakers tallied 32 assists on 43 made field goals.

Anthony Davis had himself a very dominant game, scoring 20 points with 14 rebounds, four assists, and six blocks. LeBron James scored 25 with eight assists. The team was able to get Rui Hachimura going early, and he ended the game with 15 points on 7-10 shooting. D’Angelo Russell continued his stellar play with 21 points. Austin Reaves’ confidence as a playmaker has been trending high, and he dished out five assists.

The Lakers once again had their entire starting lineup score in double figures. They ended the first half with 20 assists, shooting 60% from the field and 50% from three.

 

Lakers vs Pistons First Quarter:

 

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There was a fast pace to start the game. Rui Hachimura got off to a nice start with seven early points to give the Lakers a 12-6 lead, forcing a quick Pistons timeout.

Austin Reaves and LeBron James started to put on a show out of the timeout, with the former drilling a 3. They then each found each other for easy layups in transition, putting the crowd on their feet to extend the lead to double digits.

The newest Laker, Spencer Dinwiddie, was the first Laker off the bench and immediately gave Christian Wood a nice assist. However, the Lakers got sloppy to end the quarter with the Pistons cutting their deficit to 34-24.

 

Lakers vs Pistons 2nd Quarter:

 

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Russell knocked down a 3-pointer to start the second quarter, continuing his recent hot streak. Former Laker Troy Brown Jr., who was traded to the Pistons at the deadline, also connected from deep as he looked to keep his team within striking distance.

Much of this game was about making the extra pass. It was a heavily dominant game from AD, who secured his 41st double-double of the season.

Davis and James started taking over from there, finding each other for easy buckets, with the Lakers starting to grow their lead again. The guards then got involved as Russell and Reaves each drilled triples, and L.A. went into the halftime locker room with a comfortable 71-48 lead.

 

Lakers vs Pistons 3rd Quarter:

 

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The Pistons were playing with excellent energy to begin the third and were even making some outside shots, getting their deficit to 12 before James restored order with a triple.

After going scoreless in the first half to focus on setting up his teammates, Dinwiddie picked up his first bucket as a Laker towards the end of the third quarter, completing a three-point play. That got him going as he drained a three-pointer and then had an assist to get the lead back up to 20 at 99-79 going into the fourth and final quarter.

Lakers head coach Darvin Ham spoke about what Dinwiddie brings to the team as they ramp up for a postseason push.

Great on-ball defense, great defense overall, playmaking. Just another positive and productive spirit to our group. He’s gonna acclimate himself really well and really soon,Ham said after practice on Monday. “I just told him don’t worry about making mistakes. We’ll help him through it. Had a good session today on the floor with our offensive and defensive breakdowns. We’re super-duper excited to have him here.

 

Lakers vs Pistons 4th Quarter:

 

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The Pistons, while still down, were not giving up. James made two 3-pointers in a row to keep the Lakers‘ lead high. But the Pistons got it within 18 with an Ivey layup. James was putting his stamp all over this quarter, answering back to anything the Pistons were making. Wiseman was still doing great work for the Pistons to help keep them afloat; he was up to 14 points for the night.

With five minutes left, the Lakers lead was up to 18 after a pair of free throws from Reaves. The Pistons were on the comeback trail and made it a 12-point game. The Lakers made sure to answer back to make it a 16-point game.

The Pistons‘ comeback came up short, and the rest of the quarter turned into garbage minutes. Wood took full advantage of it as part of his 11-point performance. After starting shaky, Dinwiddie found his grove and ended with six points, seven assists, and two steals.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will now head to Utah to take on the Jazz on Wednesday, February 14th, at 6:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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