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Detroit at Los Angeles

Kobe moves to 10th on NBA scorers list as L.A. wins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- There was a bad buzz building around the Los Angeles Lakers heading into Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons. They had lost four of six, and Kobe Bryant had a message for his teammates.

"I told the guys, 'Listen to how everyone is talking about you. You have to use it as fuel for motivation,' " he said.

They heard him.

Pau Gasol scored 21 points and the Lakers finally found a sub.-500 team they could beat easily, winning 108-83 against the struggling Pistons.

Andrew Bynum finished with 13 points, teaming with Gasol to give the Lakers a 60-40 edge in the paint. Lamar Odom had 16.

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Bryant added 17 points, moving him past Dominique Wilkins into 10th on the NBA's career scoring list with 26,671.

"That's a great honor," said Bryant, who cited Wilkins' dunks and jumping ability as his favorite things to watch as a kid.

Tracy McGrady and Greg Monroe scored 14 points each, and Tayshaun Prince added 12 for the Pistons, who lost their fifth straight to the Lakers and fell to 3-16 on the road.

"I'm baffled," Detroit's Ben Wallace said. "They made plays and they made shots, and we didn't. We turned the ball over and they got on the break. And when they get on the break, they start feeling good about themselves and their shots go in."

The Lakers had lost three of their last four home games. They had mixed results against their last two sub.-500 opponents, barely beating Philadelphia 102-98 before losing to Memphis 104-85. Before that, they lost by 19 to Milwaukee and by 16 against Miami, both at home.

Odom cited the Lakers' commitment to playing defense as the difference between winning and losing their previous game to Memphis.

NBA All-Time Point Leaders
Rank Player Points
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone 36,928
3 Michael Jordan 32,292
4 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
5 Shaquille O'Neal 28,500
6 Moses Malone 27,409
7 Elvin Hayes 27,313
8 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
9 Oscar Robertson 26,710
10 Kobe Bryant 26,671
11 Dominique Wilkins 26,668

"It's important for us to maintain our focus, especially on the defensive end," he said. "It's early, we just continue to play, take our time. The playoffs aren't tomorrow."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson has a greater sense of urgency.

"We have to really turn it around," he said. "One game is not the end of this situation."

But they had an easier time against the Pistons, even if it took them an entire half to get going.

The Lakers took control in the third quarter after stumbling through a poor-shooting first half. Bryant was 4 of 15 with nine points at the break, after going 0 for 9 in the opening quarter.

"It didn't mean a whole lot," Wallace said of Bryant's early struggles. "Kobe's going to keep coming, he's going to keep shooting and eventually he's going to get some points. He didn't move up to 10th all-time by not being able to score the basketball."

Ron Artest was 1 of 4 and Derek Fisher 0 for 2, but they consistently got the ball inside to Gasol and Bynum.

Bryant keyed a 16-2 run to open the third with six points, hitting two free throws after going 1 of 4 from the line in the first half and finishing Artest's steal with a fast-break driving dunk. His driving layup sent him past Wilkins and extended the Lakers' lead to 61-44.

"We played with more intensity," Bryant said. "We played a motivated game defensively. Those things combined into the kind of blowout game we had."

From there, the Lakers cruised to a 76-59 lead heading into the fourth, when they were similarly dominating at the start. Shannon Brown scored seven points in a 13-2 run that made it 89-61.

Notes

  • The Lakers swept the Pistons for the second straight season, having won 103-90 at Detroit.
  • The Pistons are 0 for 8 in the second game of back-to-backs.
  • The Lakers are 5-2 in the first game of back-to-backs, with the second game coming Wednesday night in Phoenix.
  • Tom Hanks made a rare courtside appearance, while David Beckham went solo.
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Kobe Bryant notches 17 points, seven boards and eight assists in the Lakers' home win vs. Detroit. (Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant notches 17 points, seven boards and eight assists in the Lakers' home win vs. Detroit. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Detroit (11-24)1923172483
L.A. Lakers (24-11) «24213132108
DET:T. McGrady 14 Pts
DET:G. Monroe 11 Reb
DET:T. McGrady 6 Ast
LAL:P. Gasol 21 Pts
LAL:L. Odom 9 Reb
LAL:K. Bryant 8 Ast
Players of the Game
DetroitLos Angeles

Greg Monroe

Kobe Bryant
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
141111778
Detroit
T. Prince, SF284-84-632212
T. McGrady, SG255-83-426114
C. Villanueva, PF242-70-04334
B. Gordon, SG222-61-22135
B. Wallace, C181-20-26032
G. Monroe, C306-92-3111214
J. Maxiell, PF240-50-04020
A. Daye, SF203-81-23207
R. Hamilton, SG194-91-103111
R. Stuckey, PG130-30-02220
W. Bynum, PG103-44-402010
D. Summers, SF72-30-00004
C. Wilcox, CDid Not Play
J. Jerebko, SFDid Not Play
T. White, SGDid Not Play
Totals 32-7216-2437221983
 44.4%66.7% 
Los Angeles
P. Gasol, PF357-117-772321
K. Bryant, SG306-185-878317
R. Artest, SF283-80-03408
D. Fisher, PG243-60-01027
A. Bynum, C226-61-162313
L. Odom, PF286-124-594116
S. Blake, PG202-40-01405
S. Brown, PG204-121-11219
M. Barnes, SF140-20-02130
L. Walton, SF82-50-01206
J. Smith, PF61-30-02012
D. Caracter, PF62-20-01034
T. Ratliff, CDid Not Play
D. Ebanks, SFDid Not Play
Totals 42-8918-22412920108
 47.2%81.8% 
Other Games
Mil 89 Final
Mia 101
SA 115 Final
NY 128
Tor 91 Final
Chi 111
OKC 105 Final
Mem 110
Port 81 Final
Dal 84
Atl 108 Final
Sac 102