(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers will try to improve on some
recent poor performances Sunday night when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to
the Staples Center.
The Lakers have dropped two straight and four of their last five, including an
89-86 setback at home to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Los Angeles
blew a three-point lead to start the fourth quarter and had no answer for
Memphis big man Zach Randolph.
"We just didn't make the plays to win the game like a corner three or someone
came up behind you in the fast break," said Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. "We
didn't make our foul shots and they made all of them. Just little things that
separate the two teams and Zach went off and made some difficult shots."
Jodie Meeks led the way for the Lakers with 25 points. Nick Young scored 18
off the bench and Jordan Hill scored 12 points. Pau Gasol had a double-double
with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Steve Blake handed out 10 assists in the
It's a simple equation for the Lakers. In their seven losses, L.A. has cracked
the 100-point mark just once. In their four victories, they've gone over the
century number three times and in the fourth win, they scored 99 points.
The Lakers continue their homestand against the Golden State Warriors and
Sacramento Kings before they head east.
The Pistons earned their first road win of the season on Friday with a 97-90
victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Josh Smith was exceptional on Friday, leading the Pistons with 21 points,
eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks.
"This is the way Josh (Smith) plays. He scores, he rebounds -- I think he had
four blocks. He does a little bit of everything and this is the way we need
Josh to play. He was spectacular tonight," said Pistons head coach Maurice
Andre Drummond was excellent as well with 15 points and 18 rebounds. Rodney
Stuckey scored 16 off the bench and Kyle Singler chipped in 11 for the second
unit. Brandon Jennings had 11 points and nine assists versus only one
Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope earned his first start in place of Chauncey
Billups, who is battling knee tendinitis. He scored seven points on 2-for-5
Billups is questionable against the Lakers.
Sunday's tilt with the Lakers will end a four-game western trip for the
The Lakers won both contests last season and have taken three in a row over
the Pistons in L.A.
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