Lakers vs. Pistons Final Score: LA wins as Schröder, Bryant return

With LeBron James still out as he continues to deal with his nagging adductor injury, the Lakers once again needed Anthony Davis to step up. And as has been a trend lately, he delivered, giving Los Angeles the offensive blow the team needed to beat the Detroit Pistons 128-121 as Dennis Schröder and Thomas Bryant both made their long-awaited returns to the line-up. made up.

The Lakers got off to a bit of a slow start and took an early lead before allowing a 17-4 Pistons run to hand it over right away and then some. But Bryant’s effort in the second quarter for his season debut gave the team a much-needed boost of energy, enthusiasm and production, and Purple and Gold rallied to retake the lead in the second quarter, culminating in a Lonnie Walker IV (who 17 points from his own) buzzer-beater to put the team ahead 68-64 going into halftime.

The third frame was basically the same story in reverse, with a strong opener by Los Angeles undone by a quarter-end sloppiness.

Leading the Lakers home, however, was Davis again. The seven-footer imposed his will on the Pistons’ inexperienced frontline throughout the game, teaming up with Bryant to bully Detroit into trouble and get them into big trouble, which Davis then took advantage of to pull off free throw after free throw — and some uncontested dunks – to shut them down. Davis finished with a season-high 38 points with 16 rebounds and 4 blocks remaining, a reminder of how dominant he can look when he’s rolling.

Elsewhere in purple and gold, Austin Reaves hit a pair of key shots to help open the lead in the fourth, showing off the skill and shooting technique he’s shown more and more this year, scoring 16 runs. Schröder also provided a welcome boost on his return, taking the full court and annoying and slowing the young Pistons to deter them from getting on their offense. It certainly wasn’t his most effective night shooting the ball (1-5), but he showed some glimpses of how he can potentially help this team as he shakes off the rust.

This win takes the Lakers to 4-10 on the season, and unlike their last break, the gap between tonight and their next game will be short as the team returns to the Crypt on Sunday to host the Spurs for the first time. of three matchups with San Antonio in the coming week as they look to extend their winning streak to three games. We’ll see you there.

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