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March 6, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
March 6, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

(SB Nation Los Angeles, Josie Becker) The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons was close throughout, and despite the Lakers building a seven point lead at the end of three quarters, this hot one in Detroit came down to the last possession with overtime needed after the teams finished 78-78. Kobe Bryant hit the game-tying shot as time expired to send the game to OT, but the Pistons were able to prevail in the extra period winning 88-85.

Andrew Bynum and Rodney Stuckey had the hot hands for their respective teams tonight, with Stuckey finishing with 34 points, the almost game winning three pointer, and the game clinching free throws. Bynum's double double with a team leading 30 points and 14 rebounds would have earned him player of the game honors, were it not for Stuckey's hot hand carrying the Pistons to victory.

The Lakers had the final possession, trailing by three. Kobe took a three from the corner on the inbounds play, which fell well short. Pau Gasol saved the ball from going out of bounds, kicking it to Metta World Peace who dribbled out behind the arc for the final shot which came close but not close enough.

Kobe Bryant shot less than 33% (8-26) from the field, not a great effort despite the timely shooting. Bryant's biggest contribution was his team-leading seven assists. Andrew Bynum was 13-18, but as is usual for the Lakers it was all Kobe with the game on the line.

Editor Notes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the normally scheduled Silver Screen and Roll recap was not available.