DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – With a 51-37 lead in the second quarter, Detroit was playing their ball. Killian Hayes made a three-pointer as the game was rolling for the Pistons. The final eight minutes of that quarter spoke differently as the Lakers outscored the Pistons, 31-13, for a halftime lead of 68-64. Los Angeles went on to take the game, 128-121, as Detroit tried to keep up with them the rest of the game.
Seven players scored as 51 points came off the bench with Alec Burks leading the team with 23 points. Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points as Killian Hayes had 18 and Jaden Ivey 17. Detroit shot 46 percent from the floor but LA finished at 55 percent and went 35-of-40 from the foul line (87 percent).
“We’re struggling, trying to find a win. Everybody is going to have their opportunity, so don’t count your minutes, make your minutes count,” said head coach Dwane Casey.
Detroit led by seven after the first quarter, 37-30. Down 19-14 with 6:34 left in the period, Detroit went on a 17-4 run to take the lead, 31-23, on a Bogdanovic close shot. They would take a nine-point, 37-28, on a Marvin Bagley make with 49 seconds left and then had the seven-point at the end of the period.
The second quarter brought the Pistons their biggest lead of 14 before their late collapse in the quarter. That led to the Lakers controlling the rest of the game. Detroit tied the game at 76 in the third quarter but could never regain the lead. Jalen Duren collected a dunk with 28 seconds left to pull within one, 96-95, to end the third quarter.
The Pistons trailed the entire fourth quarter coming within a bucket of tying the game, 106-104, on a Bogdanovic step-back jump shot at 7:39. With 3:42 left in the game, LA had a 120-110 lead extending it to 14-points, 124-110, with 2:28 to go. Detroit’s late push, an 11-4 run, wasn’t enough as LA won, 128-121.
Detroit continues their road trip going to Sacramento on Sunday for a 6:00 p.m. game on the Bally Sports Detroit Network.