Recap: Lakers overcome the fighting Pistons to win five straight

Jan 5, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grimaces in pain as he grabs his groin running down court in the first half against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sportss

The Los Angeles Lakers continued their recent homestand against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. It was an up and down game, but they managed to extend their win-streak to five games with a 106-99 victory. Anthony Davis led all scorers with 24 points followed by 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists from LeBron James.

Not In Our House

The Lakers were magnificent defending the rim tonight. They finished the game with 20 blocks with 19 shared between Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, and Dwight Howard. This marked a franchise record for most blocks against the Pistons.

Caruso Returns, Bradley Leaves

Alex Caruso returned to action after missing their last game with a calf strain. He was integral to the off the bench with his defense and offense tonight. Caruso had 13 points in his 24 minutes.

Avery Bradley left the game after an awkward landing on a fast break. The x-rays for the injury were negative, with no fracture or serious damage. This marks Bradley’s second injury bout after a hairline fracture sidelined him for time this season.

Kuz In A Funk

The Lakers, per usual at this time of the year, are in the market to bolster their roster. Rather than the young collection of assets of last year, Kyle Kuzma is central to the trade rumors. He finished the game with four points on just  25 percent shooting. Whether this subpar performance is a result of the recent rumors, Kuzma must continue to play his role and keep his head high.

The Lakers will host the New York Knicks on Tuesday night at 7:30PM PST/10:30 PM EST.

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