TOBIAS Harris and Reggie Jackson came up clutch as the Detroit Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak with a 102-97 win over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday (Monday, Manila time)
Trailing 94-93 with three minutes left, Jackson completed a three-point play to put Detroit back up by two, 96-94, at the 2:46 mark of the fourth. After Brandon Ingram’s pair of free throws got the Lakers within one, Tobias Harris sank a dagger triple to give the Pistons a four point lead, 99-95, with 30.5 seconds to go.
Nick Young and D’Angelo Russell could not convert on their three-point attempts as the Pistons took care of business at the stripe to snap their three-game slide and improve to 19-24.
The Lakers looked good early, starting off with an 18-4 run in the first quarter before the Pistons closed out the first half with a 21-8 run to carry a 59-57 edge at the break. Detroit only led by as much as four early in the third before the Lakers kept the game tight until the closing minutes, taking their last taste of the lead on a Lou Williams trey with 3:05 remaining.
Jackson scored seven of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, but Marcus Morris and Harris led Detroit with 23 points each. Andre Drummond had a double-double with 15 markers and 17 boards.
Williams led all scorers with 26 points, including five triples, but could not save the Lakers from losing four in a row and falling to 15-30. Russell added 20, while Jordan Clarkson chipped in 16 off the bench.