Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/29

Game 1: Sunday, January 29th
Game 2: Saturday, March 4th

Pistons 94

(48-11, 22-9 away)

Lakers 105

(31-29, 17-11 home)

Coverage: FSW

7:30 PM ET, March 4, 2006

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
DET 29 29 20 1694
LAL 32 19 29 25105

Top Performers

Detroit: C. Billups 24 Pts, 1 Reb, 10 Ast

Los Angeles: K. Bryant 40 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast

Kobe, Odom lead as Lakers rally past Pistons

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers played up to -- and beyond -- some formidable opposition.

Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, Lamar Odom had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Lakers took a 105-94 victory Saturday night over the Detroit Pistons, who have the NBA's best record.

"It was a big win for us and a win that we don't usually get, against a great team like Detroit," Bryant said. "It's probably the biggest home win of the year for us.

"We got great play from Lamar, who really is a big key for us when he comes out and plays this well and brings a lot of bounce to our ballclub."

The Lakers ended a four-game losing streak to the Pistons, as they stormed back from a 10-point deficit with an 18-0 scoring spree that began late in the third quarter.

They scored the final 12 points of the period for an 80-78 lead, then added six points in a row to start the fourth for an eight-point pad. The Pistons went more than 6 minutes without scoring.

Odom sparked the Lakers' outbreak with nine points, but said offense wasn't the key.

"Defense, making every shot hard for them," he said of that stretch. "When you play team defense, you give yourself a chance to beat anybody. Hopefully this is a confidence-booster for us."

Detroit coach Flip Saunders said the Pistons lost some composure during the Lakers' burst.

"They got a run, we got undisciplined. We were looking for the home-run shot instead of doing the best thing that we do, and that's execute offensively," Saunders said. "We were playing 45 feet from the basket with no dribbles."

Chauncey Billups had 24 points and nine assists for the Pistons, but scored only four points in the second half. Richard Hamilton added 20 points and Rasheed Wallace 17 on 7-of-17 shooting after making his first six shots for Detroit.

The NBA's best travelers this season, the Pistons lost for just the ninth time on the road, but for the second time in four nights including a defeat at Denver. The game was their fourth on the road this week, including a stop in Seattle on Friday.

"There are really, really signs of fatigue," Billups said. "It's not having enough energy to take it to the basket and take that pounding. Instead, it's taking the shots that might be halfway open."

Bryant played tight defense on Billups in the second half, and Kwame Brown, who finished with 10 rebounds, did the same on Wallace.

"Billups got a lot of things from broken plays," Bryant said of the Detroit guard's first-half scoring. "Some of the shots he made were very difficult, and he still made them. In the second half, we just wanted to crowd him a little bit, keep him out of the open court.

"Kwame came in and did a great job on Rasheed, just being physical and trying not to give him any air space. Some of the shots they made in the first half, they didn't make in the second half."

Bryant sat out the final 4:33 of the opening half after picking up his third foul. He had 17 points by then, and the Pistons were up 44-42. Billups scored seven of his 20 first-half points in the last minute before the break as Detroit opened a 58-51 lead.

Bryant wasn't called for any fouls in the second half.

With both teams moving the ball and shooting well in the first quarter, Bryant scored 15 to help Los Angeles to a 32-29 lead at the end of the period. Wallace had 12 points for Detroit, making both his 3-point shots and finishing the quarter 5-of-5 from the floor.

Odom pitched in with nine points and five assists for the Lakers in the opening 12 minutes.

Game notes

The teams split their season series 1-1. Detroit won both games last season, the first time the Pistons had swept the series since 1991-92 and only the second time ever. ... Los Angeles has never lost five straight to Detroit, and the Pistons have not won two in a row on the Lakers' court in nearly 13 years.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 94 105
FGM-FGA 35-81 (.432) 39-77 (.506)
3PM-3PA 9-24 (.375) 4-12 (.333)
FTM-FTA 15-23 (.652) 23-26 (.885)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-30 10-44
Assists 24 26
Turnovers 9 11
Steals 4 6
Blocks 2 2
Fast Break Points 10 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 25 (2/0)
Largest Lead 13 13

Top Performers

Los Angeles
Chauncey Billups Billups
Points: 24
Reb: 1
Ast: 10
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 40
Reb: 5
Ast: 4
Stl: 0
Blk: 0