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Lakers Beat Pistons In Super Bowl Sunday Showdown

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota TimberwolvesOn Super Bowl Sunday, the Lakers were in Detroit continuing their tough road trip. Coming off of a huge win against Minnesota on Friday, the Lakers had a must-win game facing the lowly Pistons. Notorious for their problems on the road this season, two wins away from Staples in a row would be huge for this team. Many experts also predict that an unsuccessful Grammy trip will mean no playoffs for these Lakers.

First Quarter

The Lakers came out with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Earl Clark, and Pau Gasol. Dwight Howard had been a game time decision with a sore shoulder but did not play. Both teams came out firing as Pau Gasol had four early points. In a fast-paced offensive game, the Pistons took an early 13-9 lead before the Lakers responded with a 9-0 run of their own. Laker fans were once again encouraged by the impressive ball movement of this new pass-focused team.

As Antawn Jamison and Steve Blake played well off the bench, the Lakers were once again playing well as a team and looking to each other for contributions. Mike D’Antoni’s famous phrase “the ball finds energy” remained true in the case of athletic Earl Clark, who had nine early first quarter points. The Pistons succeeded in keeping the game close, however with poor Laker defense.

The Lakers controlled the game early, holding on to a consistent six point lead but they did struggle defensively.  The two key highlights of the first quarter were Earl Clark and Pau Gasol.

By the end of the first, the Lakers were holding on to a 32-27 lead.

Second Quarter

The second quarter got off to a horrific start. Detroit reeled off six straight points and took a one point lead of their own. The Lakers were one again faltering on the road. The team, however, responded well to a Mike D’Antoni timeout. Jodie Meeks scored five straight points of his own and Pau Gasol continued to play well inside. The Lakers scored seven straight points to regain a six point lead.

Both teams traded baskets for a few minutes but the Lakers were in control of the tempo and pace of the game. By the time Steve Nash returned and recorded his fifth assist of the game with 5:21 to go, the Lakers had rebuilt the lead to eight. The only true offensive threat to the Lakers had been Will Bynum, who was the only Piston in double figures with two minutes to go. This second quarter saw the Lakers put on a successful run to take the lead that was led by strong team defense translating into offense. The game did get very chippy at the end, as World Peace picked up a flagrant foul. The Lakers ended the half with an incredible alley-oop with 0.4 seconds to go.

The Lakers had a 62-51 lead at halftime, and fans could only hope they don’t lose it late in the game.

Third Quarter

The Lakers have had problems holding leads on the road this season. They looked to get off to a strong start and solidly maintain or stretch the lead. The optimal situation would be a fourth quarter rest for the starters before a tough game in Brooklyn two days from now.

A Kyle Singler three pointer cut the lead to eight as the Lakers missed their first few shots of the quarter. A poor offensive start saw its effects mitigated by the impatience and immaturity of the Pistons.  The Lakers pushed the lead to 14 with a thunderous fastbreak dunk from Kobe off of a feed from World Peace. The building erupted after that play, showing the numerous Kobe fans in the building.

Having reached their largest lead of the game, the Lakers looked to continue the good defense and make this game a blowout. An excellent pass from Kobe led to a Gasol layup as the Lakers finally showed great spacing.  A finger roll from Nash pushed the lead to 18 and blew the game open. This deflated Piston team could not answer the 10-0 Laker run. After several minutes of offensive struggles for both teams, the Pistons chipped the lead down to 12 before a Laker timeout.  The Lakers finally got a basket off a Kobe layup before Greg Monroe answered. Greg Monroe then cut the lead to ten as the Lakers were ice cold. The Lakers soon had the lead down to eight as the offense was all Kobe with no ball movement.

With just one minute to go the Lakers had given up yet another dunk and the lead was down to six. Any signs of a passing offense had disappeared.  By the end of the third quarter, the Lakers clung to a six point lead.

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Fourth Quarter

The Lakers had turned a good third quarter into an abominable one. Any traces of energy and ball movement had disappeared as Kobe kept the ball on one side of the court.

The quarter started out with a turnover as the Lakers appeared ready to give another game away. The Lakers got a much-needed score with an incredible shot from World Peace.  The Lakers did a good job early defensively but still struggled on the offensive end.   A score from Will Bynum had the lead right back down to six. Steve Blake responded with a huge triple for the Lakers. Another triple from Jamison then pushed the Laker lead to double figures at ten.

The penetration of Piston guards to find Andre Drummond around the rim was the key defensive worry of the Lakers. Steve Nash returned with eight minutes to go while Kobe remained on the bench. A goaltending call on Earl Clark cut the Laker lead back to six yet again. A three from Charlie Villanueva cut the Laker lead down to three as the Lakers continued their road struggles. Yet another turnover cut the Laker lead to one as the Pistons were energized.  A big bucket from Steve Nash pushed the lead to three while Kobe returned to the game. Will Bynum then scored while drawing the foul but he missed the free throw. A beautiful drive from Kobe caused a Piston timeout with just under five minutes to go.

A three from Charlie Villanueva tied the game at 91 before Kobe threw it away. Pau Gasol then drained a free throw line jumper before a great steal by Earl Clark. The Lakers pushed the lead to four with a long two from Nash before a Detroit miss. A Piston dunk cut the lead back to two in this thriller before Detroit then tied the game. A Kobe airball was followed by a Detroit miss before a spectacular three point play from Bryant. With just 69 seconds to go, the Lakers clung to a three point lead. Will Bynum scored to cut the lead to one and a Gasol miss gave the Pistons a chance to win the game. Kyle Singler missed and Earl Clark was fouled on the rebound. Clark missed them both and the Pistons had a chance to win the game with fifteen seconds. Will Bynum missed a layup and Steve  Nash got the rebound with two seconds to go. It appeared the Lakers had escaped a tough game against a bad team. Steve Nash missed both free throws and Detroit took a timeout with one second to go. Detroit missed the last shot and the Lakers won.

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  • Dr. Rasheed

    Lakers radio station host jinxed Steve Nash last free throws.
    Lakers won without D12. I am happy :)

  • NUPORT SHORT

    Pau Gasol has really stepped up not only on the offensive end but defensively as well….Keep it up Gasol!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/de.mckayparker De Lano Mckay Parker

    D’Antoni has got to play more players a game.. This 8 man rotation makes it hard on an older team at the end of the 3rd quarter. Then No big man in and no player that can defend a fast point guard and keep him out the lane…For defensive reasons.. I would play Ebanks and Morris..I’d start one of them for MWP.
    MWP is a time bomb he is gonna give a bad foul or take a few bad shots…

    • hookedonnews

      You can’t blame D’Antoni for trusting the bench. Every time they get on the floor the lead evaporates. This bench has been a problem from the get-go, and is even worse with Hill out. That is one reason it’s good to have Pau coming off the bench when Howard is playing. I don’t think you can take MWP out of the starting line-up. He’s too valuable on defense, especially with Howard out.

  • JohnC

    Trade Pau!!!Another 20-10 game + another game over .500 + another win??? Trade ‘Gasoft’??!!!? For the funny guys who invented the childish ‘Gasoft’ stuff, one very silly question: is it possible to have a whole career around 20-10 being ‘SOFT’??

    • Terrence

      Their still 4 games below .500. They let the Hornets come back against a double digit lead. They let Phoenix come back against a double digit lead. They let Minnesota come back against a 29 point lead. They almost let Detroit come back against an 18 point lead. All four of those teams have worse records than the Lakers and their just managing to get by. Yes you can have 20-10 and be considered ‘soft’. Bosh was putting up those types of numbers in Toronto and is still considered soft. Love, whose had his defense bashed by critics, is averaging close to those numbers for his career. Stoudemire’s career averages are close to that and he’s as ‘soft’ as big men get.

    • http://www.facebook.com/de.mckayparker De Lano Mckay Parker

      pau is soft..late on defensive rotation..over powered by the piston bigs.. Was to slow to defend the rim.. He should have had 2-3 blocks on Bynum.. Bynum went to the rim without a drop of fear of a Gasol block…We can get the same Production with Bargnani in D’Antoni’s system.. He had 4 rebs in a 37 min game with no blocks 7 feet with 7’2 wing span 4 reb and o blocks

    • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

      Gasol is the softest player that has ever played in the NBA… SOFT, SOFTER, and SOFTEST is he… only another spaniard (Rubio) would back up a comrade with nonsensical B.S. and then proceed to expose him on national TV…
      Answer: Not only possible, but factual… Gasol who is an 18-9 guy and plummeting for his career, regularly has his opposite number, and others, posting at least 20-10 against him or because of him, for their careers… nuff said

      • JohnC

        That childish name of ‘Gasoft’ is a bit annoying. Do you remember Dwight during the LA-Magic FINALS? Do you also reacall the latest LA’s championship, with Gasol having more rebounds+points (+obviously assissts) than any two Celtic combined: ”tough” people with deep, dark voice whose names are Garnett/Davis/Wallace/Perkins. Guess who was the maximum rebounder of Boston those Finals? = Rondo. I believed Gasol was the true MVP those Finals, with Bynum injured and Odom in bad shape. In the current season, Gasol is the LA big who has the best +/- against any other big. I’m radically for freedom of speech… but I also recommend the use of some data to support statements. Solgans can sometimes be funny to hear, but wrong.

    • joe23

      Any players can do 20-10 any game if they want…
      But can gasol play solid defense in 48 minutes? NO.
      Especially when they are leading he no play defense at all, thats why they call him Gasoft, his defense is not consistent… Weak, slow and the drama queen in LA.

  • Terrence

    This is getting ridiculous! They can’t hold onto leads against BAD teams. They start fading away in the second half and frankly it looks like the age factor catches up to them. Against better teams, they will lose if they keep playing like this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/de.mckayparker De Lano Mckay Parker

      D’Antoni plays only 8 players.. We playing Nash 35 Mins.. Clark a career bench warmer playing 40…lmao He has to share the minutes and steal 2-4 mins with Ebanks and Sacre…

    • hookedonnews

      If you read the article you’ll know what happened in the 2nd half. It’s not about age. It’s about one player trying to do it all and a bench that can’t hold the lead.

  • joe23

    They blow up the lead coz gasol can’t protect the paint, always get beaten up in the rotation, his slow ass, can’t jump…
    good thing drummond loose his grip to the ball in the alley-opp or else they loss the game again.
    Trade gasol for cousin from sacramento…

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