Shaq has 21 points, 15 rebounds

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal took over at winning time.

With the Lakers nursing a three-point lead, O'Neal grabbed a
defensive rebound, was fouled and made two free throws with 20
seconds remaining Friday night to lead Los Angeles to a 94-89
victory over the Pistons.

He finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.

Kobe Bryant, involved in a rift with O'Neal just before the
season began, was very complimentary.

"He woke up tonight," said Bryant, who had 16 points. "I
think somebody started talking trash to him and got him excited a
little bit.

"He draws so much attention and he's a great passer. So when he
gets attention like that, he's very skilled at dropping off passes
and it makes everybody's job easier."

The victory was the Lakers' 19th in a row at Staples Center,
stretching back to last February -- their longest streak at home
since they won 24 straight at the Forum during the 1987-88 to
1988-89 seasons.

Gary Payton and Karl Malone added 16 points apiece. Malone,
playing with a sore left hamstring, also had nine rebounds.

Payton agreed that O'Neal turned it on late in the game.

"He sleepwalks sometimes for three quarters. That's his game.
Then, when he comes to you and he says, `I'm woke now,' that's when
you give him the ball," Payton said. "And that's what he did.

"He said he's woke, and he started getting fouled a lot. So he
started getting really upset and started playing. Right in the
middle of the fourth, he said, `I'm woke now, give me the ball."'

O'Neal finished 7-of-17 from the floor and 7-of-11 from the

Chauncey Billups had 29 points for the Pistons, who lost their
third in a row. Elden Campbell added 12 points and was in foul
trouble throughout.

O'Neal's late free throws gave the Lakers a 92-87 lead. A pair
of free throws by Payton capped the Los Angeles scoring.

Billups regretted taking the off-balance, 3-point shot that
wound up in O'Neal's hands.

"It was a miscalculation by me. For some reason, I thought the
clock was down a lot farther than what it was, and took that bad
shot," he said.

The shot was the third in a row of that possession, with the
Pistons getting offensive rebounds off the first two misses.

Detroit coach Larry Brown liked the hustle, but not the final

"That was silly, to waste an effort like that, and not be
disciplined enough to do the right thing, because we wasted an
unbelievable effort," Brown said. "You hope you learn from it."

Campbell gave Detroit its first lead of the night with his
driving layup that made it 51-49 early in the second half. The
Pistons went on to lead 57-51, but Malone's 15-foot jumper evened
it again at 58 with 3{ minutes left in the third quarter.

Game notes
Bryant had attended a 12-minute procedural hearing Thursday
in Eagle, Colo., where he is charged with felony sexual assault. A
trial date has not been set. Coach Phil Jackson said the Lakers are
"just happy with what Kobe can give us; what he can do on a given
night, for his energy on the court. We're not expecting a whole
lot, therefore what he does give us, we're thankful for." Jackson
added, "They are looking for a speedy trial, but that's not going
to happen, obviously. So we'll just have to play it out." ...
Detroit plays at Phoenix on Saturday night, the Pistons' third
back-to-back set of the season. ... The Lakers placed F Slava
Medvedenko on the injured list with a bruised left heel. Jamal
Sampson replaced him on the roster.