The Los Angeles Lakers dominated the Detroit Pistons defensively as they limit to 99 points. Andre Drummond who usually dominates the paint just made two field goals out of his thirteen tries. The key was the defense of Lakers. They forced 16 turnovers and blocks 20 shots. The three centers led by Anthony Davis had 8, Javale Mcgee had 6 and Dwight Howard 5 off the bench.
It became a laborious night for the Pistons as the Lakers blocked 25.6% of their shot attempts (20 of 78), making it the highest percentage of blocked shots in a game since blocks became an official statistic in 1973-74, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. “Obviously it was a huge factor in the game,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Our three big guys just played exceptional basketball. I think we as a group were not happy with giving up 68 points in the paint against the Pelicans. That was sort of the theme of our film session yesterday, and those guys took a lot of pride in protecting our rim tonight. Twenty blocks, that’s pretty special. Those guys did a great job.”
Anthony Davis said they just want to protect the rim every time every play.
We want to protect the paint as much as possible,” Davis said. “If teams are going to beat us, make sure they beat us from the outside.” The Lakers are the first team to block 20 shots since the Toronto Raptors did it Nov. 7, 2001. It was the second-best total in Lakers history; they had 21 blocks against Denver in April 1982. 5 mins ago – via Broderick Turner @ Los Angeles Times
With the win, the Lakers improved to 29-7 with LeBron James had another triple-double.