The Los Angeles Lakers notched their first home victory of the season, beating the Detroit Pistons in a 97-85 slogfest. Kobe Bryant couldn't get his shots to drop, but he flirted with a triple-double with 17 points, eight assists and nine rebounds in 35 minutes.
Kobe struggled from the field, shooting 6-of-19 on the night and missing three of his four three-point attempts. Still, he hit a shot from deep in the fourth quarter that helped ice the Pistons through the final stretch of the game. Bryant tried to find other ways to contribute, too, and was particularly great at moving the ball with a handful of reads that were incredible. As he's shown plenty of times throughout his career, when he's facilitating he can be dangerous.
D'Angelo Russell spent the fourth quarter on the bench as Nick Young closed out the game. Russell ended the game with nine points, five rebounds, two assists and one turnover. His three-point shot was off target, missing five of his six three-point attempts.
Andre Drummond had a tough shooting night, going 8-of-18 from the field for 17 points to go with his 17 rebounds. The Pistons looked sloppy overall, shooting 36.5 percent as a team in their 11th day on the road. Spencer Dinwiddle matched Drummond's scoring output with 17 points off the bench for Detroit.
The Lakers travel to Phoenix to face the Suns in the second half of this back-to-back on Monday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. PT.