The Los Angeles Lakers went on a 16-0 run from late in the third quarter through the first three minutes of the fourth quarter and pulled away from the Detroit Pistons for a 114-99 victory. Jordan Hill had a huge game, working the pick-and-roll, hitting short-range jumpers, protecting the rim and pulling down rebounds. He finished with new career-highs in scoring (24 points) and rebounding (17 rebounds). Don't mind me, I'm just nodding along as Jordan Hill continues to prove he deserves all of the minutes.
Steve Blake? He was a coin machine dropping dimes at will. He finished with a ridiculous 16 assists and was equally great at floating lobs to Wesley Johnson as he was hitting his teammates around the rim with the bounce pass.
Jodie Meeks was on fire from deep, making four of his seven shots from beyond the arc. He finished the night with 19 points. Nick Young continues to thrive off the bench, dropping 19 points and was in full Swagimus Prime mode. Yep, that was the Lakers putting on a second-half beat down while Pau Gasol was the fifth-leading scorer.
Gasol finished the game with the all-around numbers that keep us coming back for more. 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Pau.
Overall a solid win for the Lakers who were able to take advantage of the Pistons in the pick-and-roll while Hill controlled the glass. D'Antoni played Hill a season-high 35:43 minutes, Chris Kaman saw the short end of the stick in the rotations, playing just 5:24. He was the only Laker on the negative side of the +/- on the night.
Lakers improve to 5-7 on the season and now head into a giant layoff, not playing until next Friday when the Golden State Warriors head down to Los Angeles. Plenty of positive vibes heading into the break.