Perhaps it was a game that the Lakers simply needed more after an expensive offseason saw them land two of the biggest names in the NBA. Or maybe it was simply the Pistons being out of their league as Detroit fell to 0-3 on the season after a 108-79 blowout loss to the Lakers.
LA was energized from the opening tip with Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol dominating down low combining for 21 points as the Lakers went on to a 23-5 run to finish the quarter.
Howard finished with Laker team high of 28 points.
Meanwhile the Pistons starting five struggled to points on the board as neither player managed to score in double figures. Rodney Stuckey, who had his contract extended in the offseason continues to struggle the most as he was 0 for 6 on the night in field goal attempts and falls to 1 for 23 on the season.
Tayshaun Prince led the way though for the starters with 9 points and 2 rebounds.
But if was any silver lining to a very disappointing night it was the reserves who accounted for 52 of the teams total point production.
Jonas Jerebko had 18 points while Kyle Singler who continues to impress after spending last season in Spain added 11 points and 5 rebounds.
First round selection Andre Drummond also continues to see his minutes increase. The rookie big man spent 22 minutes on the floor netting 5 points and 7 rebounds.
“We just had no rhythm to the game and no flow,” said Tayshaun Prince, who scored nine points. “We knew the Lakers would try to start off quick, being in the position we were in without a win. You let a team shoot that high a percentage in the first quarter, it’s always going to be a problem, especially playing against a great team. We’re a young team, and we showed it tonight.”
h/t: Associated Press