Losing my starting point guard (Cade Cunningham) and having the worst team in the league on a back-to-back would be a shame. The Lakers, still without LeBron James, escaped that trap by winning their second straight for the second time this season and sending Detroit into a little more darkness with a sixth straight loss.
The Californians began to struggle to contain their frontcourt offense, led by Alec Burks, who was highly motivated behind the 3-point line, and Bojan Bogdanovic, who was equally good but distant. With those two, the Pistons took the lead after one quarter (30-37) and continued to pull away in the second half (38-51). The locals showed a little more seriousness in defense and supported the attack in the opponent rocket to take the lead at the break (68-64).
The third quarter was their tightest. Lakers thought to escape the score thanks to Wenyen Gabriel’s internal activity, but at the beginning of the last twelve minutes, they won only a small point (96-95). They were three possessions in front after a good pass from Austin Reaves and then it was Anthony Davis who was responsible for ending the visitors’ last hopes.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Free throw contest. The match started at 4:30 am (France time) and ended a little over three hours later. An explanation? A match punctuated by many, many transitions at the free throw line on both sides. Anthony Davis and the Lakers went there 40 times for a very good 87.5% success rate (35/40). The Pistons, the league’s top scorer, also had more practice in this sector (24/32).
– The Lakers’ extended rotation. They were announced and here they are back. While LeBron James sat on the bench in civilian clothes, sometimes looking on in bewilderment, his partners Dennis Schroeder and Thomas Bryant wore their shorts. In the first match of the season, the former lacked inspiration in terms of shooting, the latter was very worried in the racket, especially in the second quarter.
– Pistons remain last. Losing tonight, the Rockets avoid this status. With this sixth straight loss, Detroit is the worst team in the league in terms of results, while remaining one of the few teams still winless on the road (nine losses) against the Warriors and Lakers.
✅ Anthony Davis. Almost all of the opposing team’s free throws were converted, mostly emblematic of an evening spent near the rim. The interior scored the second mammoth game in a row. We’ll especially remember the end of the game where he capitalized on good balls from Lonnie Walker IV and Russell Westbrook… his team’s final 12 points. Jalen Duren tried in vain to muscle up, but the Pistons were no match for him.
✅ Killian Hayes. It was the fourth game of 11 or more points this month for the Frenchman, who had his best performance in passing and scoring. We especially remember that he showed mastery in the game, did not lose a single ball and showed himself to be competent. The downside of his good performance in 35 minutes was that his team dominated the score when he was in the game (-21).
✅ Austin Reaves and Wenyen Gabriel. What a great idea to keep these two “role players”. The former once again let his wits speak in all sectors and even allowed himself to get into the game early in the fourth quarter, getting his team off to a good start. The latter behaved like a perfect garbage collector, especially after the reputation of Russell Westbrook, going to shoot some balls in the circle. The latter, the author of the fifth double-double of the season, also put it into orbit with an “alley-oop” in transition in the first period.
⛔ Jaden Ivey. While Killian Hayes limited the turnovers as much as possible, the back did the opposite. It showed good things attacking the circle, but clearly abused the long-range shot. Coming in with 17 points, but an effort for a rookie with 18 shots, the most of any hero on the floor.
Lakers (4-10) : Spurs reception, Sunday.
Pistons (3-14) : Journey to Kings, Sunday.