Lakers Vs Pistons: Kobe Bryant Shoots 2/15, Pistons Crush Lakers 111-91
Lakers vs Pistons: Kobe Bryant shot a terrible 2/15 from the field in his farewell game in Detroit as the Pistons crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 111-91 on Sunday night.Advertisement
The sold-out crowd gathered at The Palace of Auburn Hills cheered Bryant’s series of missed shots before giving the Laker legend a standing ovation at the end of the night.
The 12-9 Pistons thrived off an all-round performance led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (22 points) and Andre Drummond (18 points and 15 rebounds). Reggie Jackson, the starting point guard, added 20 points as Pistons racked up their fourth consecutive victory. “We know that if we really want to be a contender, we need to keep playing this way,” Jackson said after the lopsided victory. “We are beating the teams we need to beat, and we’ve been doing the right things on offense. Now we have to go down to Charlotte and beat a really good defensive team,” added the former OKC guard.
The Pistons rounded off their successful four-game home stand with wins against Rockets, Suns, Bucks and Lakers. Stan Van Gundy lauded his team for turning things around. “To get all four is obviously good,” the Pistons coach said. “Tomorrow (against Charlotte Hornets) is going to be a challenge, because we’re going on the road on the second half of a back-to-back and we’re playing a team that’s one of the best in the league on both ends,” added Van Gundy.
For the Lakers, Lou Williams scored 21 points while Julius Randle added 15 points and 11 rebounds. “We’re just getting off to terrible starts. We’re not coming out ready to play, and that’s something that can’t continue if we want to win some games,” coach Byron Scott said after his team suffered its ninth defeat in 10 games.
Bryant, battling a stomach bug, was doubtful about the game. But he played anyway. “If it wasn’t my last season, I probably wouldn’t have played,” the Laker legend said after his woeful shooting night.
The Lakers travel to Toronto for a clash against the Raptors tomorrow night.