The Los Angeles Lakers were a complete train wreck in a 111-91 loss to the Detroit Pistons. It was another horrendous opening with the Lakers winding up in a double-digit deficit within the first few minutes of the game. This kind of start has been far too prevalent through the season, making for a horrendous 3-17 record on the season.
Kobe Bryant played despite being under the weather, but no amount of will power could save him during his final game in Detroit. Bryant shot just 2-of-15 from the field, heading to the locker room early after playing the entire third quarter. Jordan Clarkson joined Kobe in the struggles, missing eight of his 11 attempts on the night for seven points.
D'Angelo Russell looked composed despite the team struggling, shooting five-of-nine from the field for 12 points with three assists to go with it. There were a handful of missed assist opportunities, but even with four turnovers he was doing a good job moving the ball and picking his spots. Julius Randle posted another double-double, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Detroit pulled down 18 offensive rebounds and ended the game with 26 second chance points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a game-high 22 points, with Andre Drummond filling in 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Byron Scott shut things down with a garbage time lineup that closed out the fourth quarter, throwing up a white flag while his team was getting picked apart by Detroit. The Lakers are back in action against the Toronto Raptors Monday night, their second back-to-back of the long road trip they're pushing through.