As expected, the Lakers ran their offense through the post, giving Dwight Howard a majority of the touches as he was guarded by the inexperienced Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Howard was on the receiving end of lobs from Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Darius Morris throughout the game. Morris received a majority of the minutes (15) at backup point guard, and had 6 points and 2 assists. The Lakers won the first quarter 34-13 and subsequently led the entire game, pushing the lead up to 36 at one point. Los Angeles was aggressive and active on the glass, out-rebounding Detroit 46-33. The Lakers controlled the ball well, turning the ball over 15 times which isn’t fantastic but it lowers their average which was 19.7 per game going into Sunday night. All eight bench players played for the Lakers, scoring a combined 27 points.
On the defensive end, the Lakers played their best game of the year. They held the Pistons to 35% shooting from the field. No Detroit starter scored in double figures, instead it was the Pistons' bench that played well. Jonas Jerebko scored 18, Kyle Singler had 11, and Will Bynum posted 10 points.
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