Pau Gasol flirted with the triple and the Los Angeles Lakers avoided a third defeat to overcome Detroit Pistons (114-99) with a great joy in his game and the confirmation of the high level of Jordan Hill and Steve Blake.
The Spanish recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Hill signed 24 so many and 17 rebounds – records in his career – and Blake handed out 16 assists. The base has 10 assists or more in four games followed for the first time as a professional.
The angels responded in this way after checking how Kobe Bryant trained for the first time on Saturday after seven months of absence due to injury, though his date of return to the slopes is unknown for now.
Brandon Jennings finished with 23 points and 14 assists, while Andre Drummond contributed 14 as many and 13 rebounds.
Detroit, wearing his “Motor City” nickname in uniforms, came out biting onto the Staples Center with perfect counter-attacks orchestrated between Jennings and Josh Smith and the power of Drummond in the painting, offset by the effectiveness of Gasol from six meters and soundness of Hill under hoops.
A partial 0-7 led by Smith gave a small income to Maurice Cheeks, but the local bench reacted in time and left the score at 27-29 at the end of the first quarter, neutralizing the 62 percent of success in shots of his opponent in part thanks to the 8 assists by Blake.
A rebound in the Michigan gave them another comfortable lead (27-36), and again, Californians responded through its second unit, playing fast basketball Mike D’Antoni wants and displaying an aggressive defense.
Thus managed to tie (38-38) and even achieve their first lead of the match (45-44) at the festival of game with the triple of Jodie Meeks and Wesley Johnson and a spectacular alley-oop to Board between Jennings and Drummond, although it was Rodney Stuckey with 12 points in the second quarter that led to that the Pistons finished ahead to rest (50-56).
The Lakers, with Gasol more focused in attending to his companions, were kept at wheel of the Pistons with the association formed by Blake and Johnson, even though it was the emergence of Nick Young with two consecutive triples which allowed that Purple and gold to acquire an income of eight points in the absence of a quarter (79-71).
There not stopped locals, who chained a partial 16 – 0 to base to make a blockade and unstoppable continuation for the Pistons (85-71) which benefited especially Hill, magnificent all evening.
Since that time Californians not looked back and began to baste triple after triple, something that contracted to Jennings, who also chained four followed, but were not enough to curb the offensive recital of his opponent.