Lakers Get Back In Win Column, Thanks To Pistons, 108-83

The Lakers have beaten the Pistons five straight times.

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Kobe Bryant Passes Dominique, Lakers Drub Pistons, 108-83

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Pau Gasol scored 21 points and Kobe Bryant continued his climb up the NBA's all-time scoring list as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Detroit Pistons, 108-83, at Staples Center. Bryant totaled 17 points to pass Dominique Wilkins for 10th place with 26,671, while also recording eight assists and seven rebounds

Lamar Odom logged 16 points and nine boards off the bench for the Lakers, who have won three of their last four games. Greg Monroe posted 14 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit, which has lost three straight and five of six overall. The Lakers travel to Phoenix to battle the Suns on Wednesday night.

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Lakers Vs. Pistons: Probable Starting Lineups & Notes

The Los Angeles Lakers aim to get back into the win column against the Detroit Pistons tonight at Staples Center. As bad as the Lakers have played though, they still have a 23-11 record, the exact opposite of the Pistons. Even with the way the Lakers have been playing, they are heavy favorites tonight (11½ points, per Odds Shark) and should be able to win.

C.A. Clark of Silver Screen is unhappy with the level of effort from the purple and gold of late, and wants a better showing tonight:

So to review, this team is bad on offense, terrible on defense, they have no centers, and don't give any significant minutes to anybody over 6'9".  You start two centers, have a third big off the bench who might be the best bench player in the league, and he is still taller than their entire roster.  If you really wanted to, you could probably hold them to zero rebounds for the first time in the history of the NBA.  There is no possible way for you to lose this game tonight, save one, so do me a favor.

Here are the probable starting lineups tonight:

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Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PST tip-off will be televised on Fox Sports West.

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Lakers Vs. Pistons: Kobe Bryant Poised To Join Top 10 NBA Scoring List

The way the Los Angeles Lakers have been playing, it is understandable that there is a lot of unhappiness at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant, for instance, was rather surly after Sunday's loss, saying of his recent technical foul binge, "F**k it, I don't care. I can afford it." However, tonight's game with the Detroit Pistons looks to provide some good feelings for the Lakers.

For one, the Pistons have lost three straight road games and 11 of 12 away from home. They are 11-23 on the season, the inverse record of the Lakers. Detroit is playing on the second night of a back-to-back. In short, the Lakers should be able to win this game.

Also, Bryant is continuing his march up the all-time NBA scoring list. Kobe has scored 26,654 points in his career, the most in Lakers franchise history, which currently ranks 11th all-time in NBA history. Bryant is 15 points from passing Dominique Wilkins for 10th place on the scoring list, putting him in rarefied air:

NBA All-Time Scoring List
Rank Player Points Avg
6 Moses Malone 27,409 20.6
7 Elvin Hayes 27,313 21.0
8 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946 21.8
9 Oscar Robertson 26,710 25.7
10 Dominique Wilkins 26,668 24.8
11 Kobe Bryant 26,654 25.4

Bryant has scored 17 points or more this season in 32 of 34 games. He has already passed John Havlicek on the scoring list this season, and barring injury should end up in sixth place on the all-time scoring list by the end of the season. That will make for an interesting scoring list, with Kobe one spot behind Shaquille O'Neal in the annals of NBA history.

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Slumping Lakers Host Pistons At Staples Center

The Los Angeles Lakers look to right their ship tonight as they host the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. The Lakers have lost four of their last six games, with all four losses by at least 15 points, so the evidence of a slump is readily apparent. However, they are still 23-11, which is still a 55-win pace, so it's hard to press the panic button just yet. Two championships and three straight NBA Finals appearances tend to earn a little leeway. However, given the way the team has played in the last two weeks, there is cause for concern.

Pau Gasol, for instance, needs to get more involved in the offense, and he needs to play better as well. Gasol, who averages 14 shots per game on the season, has attempted just 34 shots in the last four games. It's not just about shot attempts for Gasol, either. Getting the ball to him in the paint opens up the offense, since Pau is a skilled passer who can find teammates either cutting to the basket or with an open jump shot. However, Gasol had a miserable game against the Grizzlies on Sunday night. He had 10 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes, but didn't get to the free throw line, had no assists, and committed five turnovers. The better Gasol plays and the more he is involved, the more efficient the Lakers offense will become.

The Lakers have beaten the Pistons in their last four meetings, including a 103-90 win on November 17. They have beaten Detroit in eight of their last 11 games at Staples Center. Tonight's game is the first game of back-to-back games, with the Lakers traveling to Phoenix to battle the Suns on Wednesday.

For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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