DETROIT (AP) – After defeating the Lakers while LeBron James was outside, Detroit coach Dwane Casey was asked if he wanted his Pistons to face a Los Angeles team more close to its workforce.
"I wish we could play against G League teams or high school teams," Casey said. "We have to play who's here, I've been through this event for years, and the teams have different visions and priorities, and yet, if you look at tonight's schedule, I guarantee that someone One will have a tough match against one of these teams, these guys are paid twice a month. "
Andre Drummond had 19 points and 23 rebounds. The Pistons took advantage of James' absence to beat Los Angeles 111 to 97 on Friday night. The Lakers, who lost ground in the Western Conference playoff race, handled James' minutes and was completely out of the game. Los Angeles played in Toronto the night before.
The Lakers were also without Lonzo Ball (left ankle), Tyson Chandler (neck), Brandon Ingram (right arm) and Lance Stephenson (toe), but they were only four points behind in the third quarter before Detroit started at 13-0. to make it 73-56. Reggie Jackson started this stage with two 3 points and a jumper.
"We had to play with just about everyone we were in the body," said Lakers coach Luke Walton. "We played hard enough to win, but we did not throw enough to win."
The Pistons had just lost 28 and 34 points against the Nets and Heat, but this victory allowed Detroit to get a percentage of points ahead of Brooklyn for sixth in the East. Langston Galloway scored 23 points and Jackson had 20 points for the Pistons.
"I know everyone was excited to see LeBron, but we are here for a different reason," Casey said. "It does not matter who goes there, whoever is responsible for managing the load, we can not control that. I always say that these teams will face each other and that does not mean automatic victory at all. "
ALWAYS THE STAR
James had not missed an entire match since Feb. 2. He did not adapt to this one, but the supporters behind one of the baskets were undoubtedly very enthusiastic when he emerged mid-way through the first quarter and walked. on the bench to join his team. He returned to the locker room at the beginning of the fourth.
Blake Griffin was fairly under control after his team's victory over the underused Lakers.
"I do not know if we had the right spirit for this series of games," Griffin said. "Even tonight we concocted a win, but I do not think we were great."
Griffin did not have a great game himself, scoring 15 points on a 3-of-12 shot.
"I'm not saying I'm not part of the problem," he said. "I am, my energy has not been great, I have not done the games I should and I have not done more than the job, if anyone notices, we should talk about it."
Lakers: Rajon Rondo had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 10 assists.
Pistons: Drummond is four rebounds in the sixth consecutive season with at least 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Only seven players were successful: Wilt Chamberlain (10), Bill Russell (10), Bob Pettit (nine), Elvin Hayes (seven), Walt Bellamy (six), Dwight Howard (six) and Jerry Lucas (six).
Lakers: Visit the New York Knicks Sunday.
Pistons: Welcome the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.