LOS ANGELES – The increase in the first quarter gave value Detroit Pistons early lead on Los Angeles Lakers On the road. But the Lakers ended up taking the next beating – and perpetual control of the game.
Lakers The Pistons were defeated at Crypto.com Arena, 128-121. Detroit used a 23-9 lead in the first quarter to take a 37-28 lead at the end of the quarter. They led as many as 14 points in the second quarter before the Lakers surged. A 20-5 run gave Los Angeles a 57-56 lead with 3:20 to play in the period, and they led by four points at halftime after a 27-12 lead.
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Anthony Davis, who finished with a total of 38 points, gave two turnovers in central Detroit. Davis scored 16 points in the fourth to help the Lakers finish off their win. Marvin Bagley III, Jalen Doreen, and Nerlens Noel committed seven total fouls in the first quarter trying to defend him. The Pistons were without Isaiah Stewart (right big toe sprain) and Kid Cunningham (left leg soreness), and the Lakers were without LeBron James (groin).
Alec Burks led the Pistons with 23 points off the bench, Bojan Bogdanovic had 20 points, six assists and five rebounds and Killian Hayes had one of the best performances of his career with 18 points (a season high) and nine assists (also a season high). high) and four three-pointers (a career high).
Hayes brings night work
Hayes’ shooting—or lack thereof—was an ongoing narrative in Point Guard’s third season. He’s a career 26.3% shooter outside the arc and Friday has entered shooting an average of 22.9% from there this season. Having spent a great deal of time perfecting his shooting mechanics, he has yet to see it translated into games.
He and Burks (4 for 5 of 3) held the pistons in a frustrating night of outdoor shooting for the rest of the crew. Hayes made three seconds in the first half—including one with 21 seconds left that cut the Lakers’ deficit to one. His last 3-pointer was made on a cornerback pass by Burks near the end of the third period.
Overall, it was Hayes’ best game of the season. Besides setting season highs in points and assists, he helped hold Russell Westbrook to a 4-for-12 shooting. His first hit was a bad problem, as he picked up two in the first quarter and fumbled with 2:28 left in the fourth quarter.
Diallo brings energy off the bench
Hamidou Diallo arguably has the most unique role of any press. He is a 6-foot-5 winger whose primary contributions in offense include indirect passes, dunking runs, and pass catching in the spot of a dunker. Per 100 possessions, he is fifth on the list in rebounding with 9.6, behind all four of Detroit’s Big Ten men. He’s a poor killer, but the coaching staff don’t mind. Dwane Casey wants him to stick to his strengths.
Friday highlighted the value Diallo could be. He tied his season-high with 13 points and made five of six shots and three of five free throws. Along with Jaden Ivey, he’s good at holding down the edge. Unlike Ivy, he is better without the ball. This skill allowed Casey to connect him to a wide variety of formations, in multiple locations.
Going into the season, it looks like Diallo will be left out of Casey’s night rotation due to Detroit’s improved depth on the wing. Injuries have paved the way for him to play a stable role, and he is benefiting offensively.
This article originally appeared on the Detroit Free Press: The Detroit Pistons did not match Anthony Davis and the Lakers in a 128-121 loss