Lakers rout the Pistons 113 – 93.
The Lakers for one night at least put together a complete performance on both sides of the floor in a dominant home win over the Detroit Pistons. After trailing early the Panda squad went on a 16 – 5 run taking a 25-22 lead heading into the second quarter. The Lakers built a 13 point cushion heading into the half after a strong second quarter from their bench powered by Kyle “2K” Kuzma and Julius Randle. The Laker reserves came in and played with energy on both sides of the floor and pushed the pace and ultimately helped break the game open.
The Detroit Pistons seemed poised to make a run early in the 3rd quarter but Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson seemed to be playing with an agenda which resulted in ugly turnovers and terrible shot selection ultimately killing any momentum they built up.
Gotta give some more love to Julius Randle; I honestly did not see him excepting his demotion to the second unit this well. Randle has played really well and has been a difference maker when he enters the game providing solid defense, moving the ball and scoring efficiently as well.
I know his stats were not overwhelming this game but Lonzo Ball played an excellent floor game. Never one to force the action Zo was aggressive with his dribble in the pick and roll game using his size and handle getting into the paint taking just enough shots to keep the defense honest. He also played a solid game on the defensive end coming up with 2 blocks.
Brandom Ingram showed an improved handle and first step as well last night. The rail thin forward showed some playmaking ability last night racking up 6 assists to go along with is 13 points he was solid on the defensive side as well with 4 steals, 1 blocked shot and several nice close-outs on shooters. He drove the ball and well and was able to get into the paint on a regular basis but, the strength to play through contact still remains a concern as he had 5 turnovers last night.
Next up for the Pandas a road trip to face one of the best scoring backcourts in the western conference in Damien Lillard, C.J. McCollum and the Portland Trailblazers Thursday night on TNT.