The Los Angeles Lakers played their best 48 minutes of basketball of the season in a 113-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons. It was a phenomenal all-around effort from the whole team, with seven Lakers ending the night in double-digits scoring.
A unit consisting entirely of bench players, with Julius Randle filling in as the small-ball center, deserves a ton of credit for establishing control of the game in the second quarter. The Lakers never really looked back, going into halftime after Brook Lopez drained a buzzer-beating three to end an inspiring two quarters of basketball.
The three ball finally started to fall for the Lakers, draining 12 of their 26 attempts from outside (46.2%). Kyle Kuzma was locked in, scoring 16 points off the bench while connecting on all four of his attempts from beyond the arc. Randle was the Lakers’ other off-the-bench first of fury, scoring a team-high 17 points while pulling down seven rebounds.
There were great defensive sequences, good reads from the ball-handlers and a steadiness we haven’t seen from the Lakers this year. Hopefully this serves as an eye-opening game for the whole team, showing them what can be accomplished when everyone is running on all cylinders.
Brandon Ingram did a little bit of everything, even if his 13 points in the box score look forgettable. He dished a game-high six assists, grabbed five rebounds and came up with four steals as well. He also had the best =/- on the night at 17. He also had a few big dunks that Detroit will remember next time they see him driving to the rim.
Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson each chipped in 18 points, but they couldn’t keep up with a Lakers team that kept the pressure on as head coach Luke Walton rotated through lineups and players.
Happy Halloween indeed for Lakers fans. They’ll be back in action Thursday on the road against Portland.