LeBron James recently suffered a career-high 44-point loss at Philadelphia, but he and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates appeared carefree during pregame warmups, perhaps buoyed by the belief that it would be an easy night to make a comeback.
And indeed, it was. D’Angelo Russell scored a season-high 35 points, Anthony Davis had 28, and James contributed 25 to secure a resounding 133-107 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night. This win marked the Pistons’ franchise-record 15th consecutive loss.
Before the game even began, Lakers coach Darvin Ham could sense that James was prepared to lead the team: “He understands the energy he gives off,” Ham stated. The presence of energy that James exuded was evident as he smiled and joked with his teammates, displaying a characteristic level of vitality and enthusiasm.
Even as they began the game with confidence, leading 38-24 after the first quarter, the Lakers ignited and maintained a steady flow of energy throughout the game. The Pistons struggled against this offensive force and the Lakers’ resilient defense. According to Pistons coach Monty Williams, “This group struggles with adversity.” Their struggle was compounded by breaking the franchise record for consecutive losses.
Detroit’s Cade Cunningham contributed 15 points, but the Pistons’ defensive resistance was lacking, leaving them susceptible to the Lakers’ relentless offense. Despite a significant lead for much of the game, the Lakers did not coast, maintaining their momentum and aggressive gameplay.
Since the Pistons’ strong start on October 28, they have not secured a victory, creating a pressing need to recapture the positive energy that propelled them in the early part of the season. The Lakers are now set to face Oklahoma City while the Pistons will go up against New York in their next games.
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