With Davis out, the Lakers fall to the Pistons 107-92

DETROIT (AP) – Blake Griffin scored 23 factors and Detroit Pistons took benefit of Anthony Davis’ absence Thursday evening in a 107-92 victory over 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 dropping streak of any type for the Lakers since final yr’s playoffs.

Davis was out with a proper sq., and Los Angeles – which misplaced by one level in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening – light within the fourth quarter towards the Pistons.

Detroit was led by a pre-Griffin 3-pointer with 6:54 left to start out a 16-0 run. The Lakers went nearly seven minutes with out scoring.

Wayne Ellington added 20 factors for the pistons.

James was questioned attributable to an ankle within the ankle, however he regarded good from the beginning, made his first seven pictures from the sphere and scored 20 factors within the first half.

James made 4 3-pointers at halftime, however so did Ellington, and the Pistons struck simply 58-56 on the break.

Ellington completed 6 of 9 from 3-point intervals 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 not less than seven straight video games with 4 or extra 3s.

TIP!

Lakers: Kyle Kuzma scored 22 factors and Talen Horton-Tucker contributed 13. … James went 1 of 12 from the sphere after making his first seven pictures.

Pistons: Detroit made all 13 free throws. … Mason Plumlee had 17 factors and 10 rebounds.

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Lakers: Go to the Boston Celtics on Saturday evening. The workforce cut up two video games final season, with Boston profitable its residence sport 139-107.

Flasks: Go to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday evening. The Warriors beat Detroit 116-106 on December twenty ninth.

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Observe Noah Trister at https://twitter.com/noahtrister

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