LeBron has 33 points, and the Lakers beat the Pistons in a quiet rematch
Angels – LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart were not in the second round of the rematch between the Lakers and the Pistons.
James was so busy making sure L.A. made the same decision that he wasn’t there to see him last week in Detroit.
James scored 33 points and nine assists and did not face Stewart in the Lakers’ 110-106 win on Sunday night.
Russell Westbrook scored 25 points and nine assists, and Anthony Davis added 24 points and 10 rebounds. The Lakers went back to 0.500 with their second win over Detroit in eight days, rebounding from an embarrassing additional triple loss to Sacramento on Friday.
“That game of SAC lasted with us for a few days, which gave that game away,” Davis said. “I think we did a good job defensively tonight, where we managed to reach a winning streak.”
Stewart was repeatedly booed by the Lakers crowd, but he did not appear to have had any major interaction with James after both players were ejected from the teams’ meeting in Detroit a week before an ugly quarrel.
James’s Flagrant-2 foul was evaluated and he was ejected when he hit Stewart in the face while maneuvering for a rebounding position. An enraged Stewart repeatedly tried to charge James in the aftermath, leading to his expulsion. James had a one-game suspension and Stewart received a two-game ban.
Stewart continued to stir fate on Friday by saying he did not believe James’ strike was accidental, James claims. 20-year-old Stewart is three and a half years older than James’ eldest son, Bronnie.
James was past the hustle and bustle before the match.
“We were really pissed off last night after losing that bag of water,” James said. “We made it a point to come today very focused on our game plan, learn from our mistakes, and improve. There he lets me know we are a team that cares and wants to improve.”
The Pistons also didn’t feel like there was any extra juice in the rematch.
“It’s just basketball,” said Jeramy Grant. “Things happen on the court, but you have to correct your mind and get ready to play.”
Grant scored 32 points and first-placed Kid Cunningham scored 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Pistons’ sixth straight loss. Detroit followed up its 11-point loss to the Clippers at Staples Center on Friday by being more competitive against the other Los Angeles team, but failed again.
Stewart scored five points and six rebounds in 27 minutes in the rematch.
“We did a great job moving the ball,” Grant said. “I played almost a full match. We had a mental lapse in the third quarter and let them lead, but other than that, I think we played well.”
Los Angeles failed once again to pull off the struggling opponent, but still beat the Pistons at Staples Center for the fifth time in a row.
The Lakers led by 19 points in the third quarter with 16-0, the most points they have scored this season. But L.A. has rarely maintained any big stretch of good play this season, and the Pistons went 97-91 with 5:48 left with a 13-2.
Grant’s free throws cut the lead to 108-104 with 16.7 seconds left, but the Lakers stuck with it.
“It’s disappointing (not to win more convincingly), but at the same time I understand the process,” Westbrook said. “Advancement is something that I think is wonderful in life in general. It builds character. It shows who you really are when things aren’t going your way.”
Pistons: Kelly Olynyk missed his 10th game in a row with a left knee sprain. … Frank Jackson scored 17 points.
Lakers: Austin Reeves got his first act since November 8, without goals in six minutes. The young player missed 10 matches due to a hamstring injury. …Wayne Ellington scored five points on his 34th birthday. The Lakers have five players older than him. …James said he didn’t exacerbate his recent abdominal injury in a late crash: “I’ll be ready to go on Tuesday.”
Detroit coach Dwane Casey praised his young team’s improvements in attack, including 29 assists in 38 field goals and 39.4% on three-pointers.
“We found the open players and we shot,” Casey said. “The only worrisome part about the offense is our shifts (17). It’s huge. That’s 17 attempts you can make in a five-point game. A neglected pass. We put our finger in a hole and open another. Nobody gets the participation prize. Lockdown doesn’t count. “.
Pistons: In Portland on Tuesday night.
Lakers: In Sacramento on Tuesday night.
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