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The Los Angeles Lakers started their 3 game road trip with a 106-96 win against the struggling Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.
The Lakers pulled away in the 3rd quarter where they outscored the Pistons 35 to 20 to take a 16 point lead in to start the 4th quarter.
Kobe Bryant went scoreless in the first half but in the decisive 3rd quarter he got it going, scoring all 12 of his points in the game. Bryant also finished with 13 assists which is the 16th time he has reached at least that number in a game (including playoffs.)
Bryant summed up his low scoring night after the game.
Kobe: "I was tired as $h*t"
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 3, 2014
The Lakers pushed the lead to as much as 21 and it appeared the starters would get the entire 4th quarter off, but the Pistons were able to cut the lead to 10 points with 6:39 to play which prompted coach Byron Scott to bring back all 5 starters into the game.
The Lakers had 6 players finished with double figure scoring on the night: Jordan Hill led the Lakers with 22 points, Nick Young had 19, Carlos Boozer with 14, Wesley Johnson had 13 and Jeremy Lin finished with 11.
Johnson possess elite level athleticism but rarely displays it in the form of highlight reel type plays at the rim; except he did so last Tuesday night.
The Pistons were led in scoring by Josh Smith who scored 18 points but also filled up the stat sheet, finishing with 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and a block.
The loss is the Pistons 9th in a row and drops their record to 3 and 15 on the season.
The win increases the Lakers record to 5-13 which takes them out of the cellar in the Western Conference and in a 3 team tie for 12th. The win also keeps the Lakers record at a perfect 4 and 0 against the Eastern Conference. The Lakers will get a chance to improve on their perfect record against the East on Wednesday when they face the Wizards in Washington D.C.