The Pistons returned to Staples Center to play former teammate, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tonight the schedule caught up with the Pistons. Playing their third game in four nights, the Pistons were a step slower and missed their shots. With a roster full of young players who haven’t played since Saturday, the Lakers had more energy. They started pulling away in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Pistons 33-23. Los Angeles was able to keep up the pressure in the second half and increased the lead to as many as 23 in the 4th quarter.
Everyone on both benches saw action, except for Boban Marjanovic. However, tonight the Lakers bench had the edge with Julius Randle scoring 17 points in 17 minutes. Rookie Kyle Kuzma had 16 points and 6 rebounds. 7 Lakers scored in double figures.
The Pistons were led by Reggie Jackson, who scored 18 points with 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Tobias Harris scored 18 points with 4 rebounds. Andre Drummond scored 10 points with 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Ish Smith had 12 points off the bench with 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Larry Nance had 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists for the Lakers. Brandon Ingram had 13 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
Notes: The Pistons fall to 5-3 on the season and 3-2 on the road. The Pistons head home to play the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, November 3rd. The Pistons were outrebounded for the third straight game.