Detroit 103, L.A. Lakers 81
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 10 (Ticker) --
A lot has changed off the
court in eight months. Not much has changed on it.
led an early barrage as the Detroit Pistons
posted an easy 103-81 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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It marked the first meeting between the teams since the NBA
Finals in June, when the underdog Pistons shocked the Lakers in
While the Pistons brought back essentially the same team, the
Lakers have a completely new look. Stars Shaquille O'Neal, Karl
Malone, Gary Payton and coach Phil Jackson no longer are with
the team and Kobe Bryant
missed his 14th straight game with a
severely sprained ankle.
"That team is totally different," said Pistons point guard
, who had 15 points and a season-high 11
assists. "But you know that they're dangerous. We didn't let
them get into a rhythm tonight and we had some success."
The Pistons (29-19) had no trouble with the new-look Lakers
(25-23), building an 18-2 lead less than five minutes into the
contest and leading by as many as 27 points in the third
"I think the world champion, rested Detroit Pistons played a
team that's fighting for its life to make the playoffs on their
fourth game in five nights," said Lakers interim coach Frank
Hamblen, who fell to 1-4 since replacing Rudy Tomjanovich.
Prince scored 15 of his 25 points in the first quarter, helping
the Pistons open a 30-14 cushion. He made 11-of-20 shots
overall. The 20 field goals attempted was a career high.
"Tayshaun was on fire in the first half," Lakers guard Caron Butler
said. "He really played about as well as anyone I have
ever seen play."
collected 23 points and a season-high 15
rebounds for his 10th double-double and Ben Wallace
boards for the Pistons, who won for the sixth time in seven
"(Things are) coming together slowly but surely," Rasheed
Wallace said. "We still have a long way to go to get to where we
were at last year, but we're making progress."
had 17 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles,
which fell to 1-3 on a five-game road trip. The Lakers were
coming off Wednesday's overtime victory over New Jersey and fell
to 3-8 in the second of back-to-back games.
The Lakers shot 39 percent (32-of-82), including a woeful
3-of-16 from the arc.
With a 51-35 cushion at the half, the Pistons put away the game
with an 18-7 run to start the third quarter, capped by Prince's
basket to take their biggest lead.
added 11 points for the Pistons, who shot 44
percent (41-of-93) and went 9-of-21 from the arc.