Andre Drummond leads Detroit Pistons’ rout of Los Angeles Lakers, 121-102
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
AUBURN HILLS — Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons handed the Lakers one more defeat at The Palace.
Drummond had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and the Pistons routed Los Angeles 121-102 on Wednesday night. It was the last scheduled appearance at The Palace for the Lakers, since the Pistons are set to move downtown next season.
Detroit honored Isiah Thomas at halftime as part of the team’s ongoing celebration of its years in Auburn Hills.
“Isiah’s my guy. We’re always in constant communication,” Drummond said. “Tonight was a very special night for him.”
Some of the Pistons’ best memories at The Palace came at the expense of Los Angeles. The Lakers went 0-5 in NBA Finals games at this arena as Detroit took titles at their expense in 1989 and 2004.
The Pistons led 56-50 at halftime and broke open the game in the third quarter. Detroit went on an 11-0 run to take an 82-61 lead.
Jon Leuer scored 20 points for the Pistons, who have won four of five. Tobias Harris added 19.
Julius Randle and Lou Williams scored 17 points apiece for the Lakers.
Detroit went only 4 of 16 from 3-point range but outscored the Lakers 70-46 in the paint.
“Our game plan was simple. We wanted to guard the paint and make them shoot 3-pointers, because they aren’t a great outside shooting team,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “They scored 70 points in the paint and beat us by 19 while only making four threes. That sums up how well we played tonight.”
Thomas spoke to reporters before the game and talked about some memories from his playing days. He also showed optimism about the post-Palace future.
“Just closing one chapter and starting another,” Thomas said before the game. “It’s an exciting time, going back downtown to Detroit. This place is really special to all of us.”