Hill converted 11 of 16 field goals and pulled down 17 rebounds. He has been playing extremely well the last four games, he’s averaging 18.8 points per game, 11 rebounds per game and 1.8 blocks per game. He’s been a pleasant surprise on offense with Pau Gasol struggling.
“I just focus on defending and rebounding,” Hill told ESPN LA 710 in the locker room after the game. “I’m just going out there and playing, trying to continue doing it.”
Jodie Meeks and Nick Young each added 19 points for Los Angeles (improved to 4-3 at home and 5-7 overall). Wesley Johnson pumped in 13 points, including three alley oop dunks from point guard Steve Blake.
Gasol scored 12 points, grabbed nine boards, dished out seven assists, blocked three shots and snagged two steals. “We were more aggressive tonight” Gasol told Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s Jon Ireland. “We had a good run in the third quarter. Jordan’s really active on the boards. His timing has been good and he’s a force getting all those rebounds.”
Blake scored nine points and dished out a career-high 16 assists.
“Coach put me in the right place, the right system,” Blake told Ireland. “I give all the credit to my teammates. We play with a good pace. One time in Portland I had 14 assists. I love passing the basketball. Well, if there’s someone wide open you get them the ball. If a guy’s hot of course you get that guy the ball.”
Detroit made 65% of their shots in the first half as opposed to 36% in the second half. LA’s defense was much better after halftime and it showed as they outscored them, 64-43, to earn a well deserved win.
Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 23 points distributed 14 assists, and Josh Smith chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds. The Pistons dropped to 1-4 on the road and 3-6 overall.
The Lakers play the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. They lost at Golden State, 125-94, on Ocotber 30th.
“They are a tough team,” Gasol said to Ireland. “They are getting better defensively. I think it’ll be a good game for us, we’ll be coming off three days rest.”
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