The Los Angeles Lakers, without big man Anthony Davis due to a bruised right quad, missed out to play for the team against the Detroit Pistons, which put them to another loss 107-92.
This is the first time the Lakers lost back-to-back games this season, beaten by a point yesterday by the Philadelphia 76ers.
James delivered a double-double performance 22 points and 10 assists, along with seven rebounds, but wasn’t enough to cruise past the Pistons.
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Blake Griffin scored 23 points and Mason Plumlee 17 points and 10 rebounds led the Pistons towards their remarkable win despite having a strange week, as they’ve won over the Sixers and Lakers, but took a loss from the Cavs in between.
“I thought we were really good,” Griffin said. “I was proud of the way everybody played.”
James got the rhythm early in the game despite being questionable because of a left ankle sprain, as he made his first seven shots from the field, but focused more on being a facilitator afterwards as he just scored two points after halftime.
“I think early on I got it going, and then I still at the end of the day, still got to get my teammates involved,” James said. “I definitely missed some shots that I know I’m accustomed to making.”
The Pistons led by one before Griffin’s 3-pointer with 6:54 remaining started a 16-0 run. The Lakers went nearly seven minutes without scoring.
“I don’t know if we ran out of gas,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We just didn’t have a great rhythm that second half in any way.”
The Lakers (14-6) are third in the Western Conference, behind the Utah Jazz (14-4) and Clippers (14-5).