Kuz control: Kyle Kuzma notches career-high 41 as Lakers thump Pistons

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Detroit’s Blake Griffin, averaging a career-high 25.3 points per game, was held to 16. He had no rebounds for the first time in his career, in part because of Kuzma’s defense.“You never want to come in here and have a performance like that, especially when you need wins,” Griffin said. “The energy just wasn’t there. We just did a poor job managing this trip so far.”Andre Drummond had 17 rebounds and Reggie Jackson added 15 points for the Pistons, who have lost three in a row and six of seven.The Lakers took the lead for good in the second during a 20-7 spurt that pushed their lead to 13. Lonzo Ball’s bounce pass in the paint to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got it going. Ball hit a 3-pointer and Kuzma had five points before James came on the court to cheer his teammates during a timeout.TIP-INSPistons: F Zaza Pachulia (bruised right lower leg) sat out.Lakers: James (left groin strain) is set to be re-evaluated Friday and won’t travel with the team for its game in Utah. … Rajon Rondo (right ring finger surgery) has also missed eight games. … The Lakers had a 72-44 edge in the paint. … Tyson Chandler was given the night off.HE SAID IT“It felt like it was skipping around out there until it hit Kuz’s hand and would go up every time.” — Walton on his team’s ball movement.UP NEXT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Our team has shown a lot of growth from the post-LeBron injury,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said.Kuzma had 22 points in the third quarter, hitting four 3-pointers to get the crowd on its feet and scoring on consecutive goaltending calls. He joined Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, James Harden and James with 40-plus points in three quarters this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Pretty cool,” Kuzma said. “That’s the team I grew up watching. My fondest memories is them beating the Lakers.”Kuzma was a 9-year-old in Flint, Michigan, when the Pistons won the 2004 NBA Finals. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? He sat out the fourth quarter and put a wrap around his lower back, which has bothered him lately.The second-year forward had scoring runs of 10 and six points in the period, when the Lakers led by 16.“Everything was in the rhythm of the offense,” said Kuzma, who put up 500 shots the day before.“No matter what’s going on in the game he believes the next shot’s going in,” Pistons guard Langston Galloway said.Michael Beasley picked up where Kuzma left off, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the fourth on his 30th birthday. His scoring touch had James and other players on the bench on their feet.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, is congratulated by forward Brandon Ingram, front, and center Ivica Zubac, second from right, after scoring as guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stands in the background during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points in three quarters against his childhood team, joining some rarified company in the process.His offensive outburst propelled the Los Angeles Lakers over the Detroit Pistons 113-100 on Wednesday night to improve to 3-5 without injured LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments In matchup of MVP frontrunners, Antetokounmpo gets win as Bucks turn back Rockets Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Pistons: Visit Sacramento on Thursday in the second game of a back-to-back before returning to LA to face the Clippers on Saturday.Lakers: At Utah on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READlast_img read more