Lakers win big against Pistons through a balanced attack

The Los Angeles Lakers had their best win of the season against the Detroit Pistons with a balanced attack.

In a game where Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball had his best performance, L.A. got significant contributions from the entire team.

Seven Lakers scored in double figures with Julius Randle leading the team with 17 points off the bench followed by rookie sensation Kyle Kuzma who dropped 16 bench points of his own.

Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points while Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-pope scored 13 a piece and Jordan Clarkson added 10.

Ball had a modest stat line of 13 points, six rebounds and three assists but made his presence felt in the game.

For starters, he played more aggressively on offense and the bounce in his swagger was highlighted by a step-back three showing his growing confidence by game.

Even though his assist total was lower than his seven-a-game average, he moved the ball well and orchestrated many of the Lakers’ baskets.

The assists that were officially credited to Ball were dimes. Like this tap pass to Brook Lopez off of an offensive rebound.

The Lakers did catch Detroit at the end of a road trip but they still managed to play well on both ends of the floor from start to finish. L.A. had been having trouble closing out games and Walton’s in-game rotations were even a point of concern.

Tuesday night Walton kept his starters on the bench in the fourth quarter, and he let his high-performing subs finish the Pistons off. That move paid off on Halloween of all nights so hopefully it wasn’t just a trick but a treat we can expect to see more of this season.


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