By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports activities Author
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 23 factors and the Detroit Pistons took benefit of Anthony Davis’ absence Thursday night time in a 107-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron James had 22 factors and 10 assists, however solely two of these factors got here after halftime. The defending champions have misplaced back-to-back video games, the primary shedding streak of any sort for the Lakers since earlier than final 12 months’s playoffs.
Davis was out with a proper quad contusion, and Los Angeles — which misplaced by a degree at Philadelphia on Wednesday night time — pale within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Pistons.
Detroit led by one earlier than Griffin’s 3-pointer with 6:54 remaining began a 16-0 run. The Lakers went almost seven minutes with out scoring.
Wayne Ellington added 20 factors for the Pistons.
James was questionable due to a left ankle sprain, however he appeared high quality on the outset, making his first seven pictures from the sector and scoring 20 factors within the first half.
James made 4 3-pointers within the half, however so did Ellington, and the Pistons solely trailed 58-56 on the break.
Ellington completed 6 of 9 from 3-point vary and is 40 of 67 from lengthy distance in his final eight video games. Ellington grew to become the eighth participant in NBA historical past to have at the least seven straight video games with 4 or extra 3s.
Lakers: Kyle Kuzma scored 22 factors and Talen Horton-Tucker contributed 13. … James went 1 of 12 from the sector after making his first seven pictures.
Pistons: Detroit made all 13 of its free throws. … Mason Plumlee had 17 factors and 10 rebounds.
Lakers: Go to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night time. The groups break up two video games final season, with Boston profitable its residence recreation 139-107.
Pistons: Go to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night time. The Warriors beat Detroit 116-106 on Dec. 29.
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