Pistons win fourth out of five, top Lakers 112-106
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 27, 2018 09:34 AM
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) attempts to drive around Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 26, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
By Dave Hogg, Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 20 points, Reggie Bullock had 16 and the Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-106 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Detroit (34-40) won for the fourth time in five games, but trails idle Miami by five games for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
With Blake Griffin reduced to 24 minutes due to foul trouble, reserve Anthony Tolliver added 15 points as the Pistons put six players in double figures.
Julius Randle had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, and Lonzo Ball finished with 15 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Kyle Kuzma had 20 points and 11 boards.
The Pistons led early, but the Lakers rallied behind Kuzma, a Flint native who was supported by a large contingent from his hometown about an hour north of Detroit.
Randle and Griffin each picked up three first-half fouls, so they were on the bench when Ish Smith hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to pull the Pistons to 55-53 at the break.
Griffin picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and headed back to the sideline. But the Lakers weren't able to take advantage of his absence.
Tolliver replaced Griffin and scored eight points in the period as Detroit built an 81-76 lead.
Tolliver started the fourth with a three-pointer to put the Pistons up by eight. Griffin was whistled for a fifth foul, but he returned to hit a three-pointer that made it 102-93 with 3:32 left.
Lakers: Isaiah Thomas (hip) and Brandon Ingram (groin) were sidelined by injuries. The Lakers had G-Leaguers Thomas Bryant and Gary Payton II active for the game.
Pistons: The Pistons held a moment of silence before the game for Grand Rapids Drive guard Zeke Upshaw, who died earlier Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) after collapsing late in a game on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Grand Rapids is Detroit's G-League affiliate.
Lakers: Return home to play the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Pistons: Host the Washington Wizards on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).