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NBA: Gasol, Kobe ignite Lakers to one point win over Pistons



Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace, left, knocks the ball away from Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. AP PHOTO/CARLOS OSORIO

DETROIT, Michigan—Spanish big man Pau Gasol scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Kobe Bryant added 18 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a cliffhanger 98-97 NBA victory at Detroit on Sunday.

Bryant made a 3-point play for the Lakers to help the visitors claim their fifth triumph in six games despite missing four free throws, two each from Steve Nash and Earl Clark, in the final 16 seconds.

Will Bynum missed a lay-up that would have put the Pistons ahead in the final seconds. He finished with 18 points and 10 assists while Greg Monroe led Detroit with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lakers led by as much as 72-54 with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter before the Pistons battled back, closing the period with an 18-6 run.

Nash finished with 11 points and 10 assists while Clark contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Gasol, who had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first half, helped the Lakers improve to 2-3 without star center Dwight Howard in the lineup because of a nagging right shoulder injury.

Howard, who is averaging 16.5 points and 11.9 rebounds a game, underwent platelet rich plasma therapy in Los Angeles that stimulate healing of the bone and tissue.


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  • joshua kings

    proof that kobe and pau can make the lakers win even without the much-touted superman, howard, if they want too…
    i think they kobe and pau are trying to send a message to lakers management: to the young buss and kupchak…we don’t need another star to shine…
    kobe is close friend to pau; since howard came to the picture, pau was not in the first five…
    and the two friends were greatly affected by this turn of events…and they are telling it to the coach: don’t mess with us coz you will end up messed up yourself; d’antoni shd heed lest he ends up like his predecessor, brown.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3CF3PXUVL4BSYTRU2R362LFUPE SolidBasketball

    umaarangkada na ang Lakers at Kobe Bryant



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