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Los Angeles Lakers Break Through, Get First Win of Season 108-79 Over Detroit Pistons

November 4th, 2012 at 9:24 PM
By Brandon Duran

The Los Angeles Lakers went out with something to prove on Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons. They showed a lot in a dominant 108-79 performance without the services of starting point guard Steve Nash. The Lakers first team had an offensive explosion Sunday, and Los Angeles had five players with double figures in scoring. Dwight Howard posted 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Pau Gasol had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Metta World Peace had a great game, with 18 points off 11 shots, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Kobe Bryant had 15 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. Jordan Hill had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

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.

The Lakers are now 1-3, and have a few days off before playing at Utah on Wednesday night. Los Angeles will be without Steve Nash for at least one more week. 

Tags: Basketball, Darius Morris, Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace, NBA, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash

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