Ball, Lakers romp to 113-93 win over Pistons

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 01, 2017 12:53 PM
Ball, Lakers romp to 113-93 win over Pistons
Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, loses handle of the ball as Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith defends during the first half of an NBA basketball Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Julius Randle scored 17 points, Lonzo Ball added 13 and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Detroit Pistons 113-93 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).

Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double for the Lakers, who had lost the previous three games against the Pistons. Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each had 13 points.

Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson each had 18 points for the Pistons, who were unable to sweep their three-game California road trip. Andre Drummond had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy was unsure about how his team might handle the adulation associated with a surprising 5-2 start, and those concerns proved to be well-founded as the Lakers took a 58-45 halftime lead when Brook Lopez hit a three-pointer as the buzzer expired.

Rookie Kyle Kuzma had 10 points off the bench in the second quarter, making 4-of-5 shots and knocking down both of his three-pointers as the Lakers pushed their lead to as much as 14.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope clearly relished his first chance to play against the Pistons, who drafted him No. 8 overall in 2013. Caldwell-Pope had seven points and three rebounds in the opening 10:28 before sitting after picking up his second foul.

The Lakers made 25-of-49 shots in the first half, including 6-of-13 from three-point range.

The Pistons had a chance to pull within single digits late in the third quarter, but Bradley had his layup blocked by Ingram and Caldwell-Pope found the second-year forward for a dunk at the other end.

Harris, Avery Bradley and Stanley Johnson all struggled with their shot, combining to go 15-of-44.

TIP-INS

Pistons: After allowing 24 fast-break points in their first seven games, the Pistons allowed the Lakers to get free for 17 points. … Ish Smith had 12 of the Pistons' 30 points off the bench.

Lakers: Kuzma finished with 16 points and was one of seven Lakers to finish with double figures. … Los Angeles improved to 14-4 against the Pistons at Staples Center.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) to open a five-game homestand.

Lakers: Visit the Portland Trailblazers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).

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