2019 LA Lakers Recap: Game 42

By: Brandon Rosenthal | Jan 10, 2019

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Welcome into Lakers Recap, brought to you by The 30 Minute Lunchbreak! The Lakers were looking to build off of their impressive road win at Dallas, and they were back in the comfy confines of Staples Center to play the Detroit Pistons. The once-great rivalry between the clubs isn’t what it used to be, but this game proved to be entertaining nonetheless. Michigan-native Kyle Kuzma, who grew up a Pistons fan, was especially excited for this game, knowing he would have lots of family and friends watching.

Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

The game opened up with Brandon Ingram throwing down a two-hand dunk, which was pretty awesome to see, and Kuzma hit a floater in the lane, giving the Lakers an early 4-1 lead. That was short-lived, as Reggie Bullock hit a three to tie the score on the next possession. Kuzma would continue to light it up all quarter, scoring 12 points to lead the Lakers. However, the rest of the Lakers looked a little flat, and the Pistons used a balanced scoring effort (and a lucky Stanley Johnson bank-shot) to lead 24-20 after one.

In the second, the Lakers bench started to get going. Michael Beasley scored a couple of buckets inside, and KCP made a fast-break layup … thanks to a nice block and dime from Lonzo. KCP would hit Kuzma in the corner for a three and then hit a running bank-shot, extending the lead to 38-29 with 6:58 left. Blake Griffin made some nice plays for the Pistons, but Lonzo hit a three to keep the Lakers lead at nine with 3:21 left. Lonzo wasn’t done, as he split two defenders and made a lefty lay-up over Andre Drummond, giving the crowd at Staples something to cheer about. The Lakers would take the lead into the half, 55-47, outscoring the Pistons by 12. Kuzma led all scorers with 19, including 7 in the 2nd.

Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

The second half started with a couple of big-time dunks from JaVale McGee. The first was from a dish from Ingram, and McGee jammed it right on the top of Drummond. The second was about a minute later, off of a beautiful touch pass from Lonzo. McGee gave it to Lonzo, and before the Drummond’s head turned towards Lonzo, the ball was already back in McGee’s hands for a ferocious one-hander, keeping the Lakers lead at 10, 52-62. The rest of the quarter was all about Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers third-year forward scored 22 points in the 3rd, including four threes. The Pistons tried to hang around, but Kuzma hit a three with 1:23 left in 3rd, giving him 41 points and the Lakers a 14 point lead. The Pistons would hit back-to-back threes, but KCP would hit a runner to close the 3rd with the Lakers leading by 12, 89-77.

Credit: USA Today

The fourth quarter started with a 5-0 run from Ivica Zubac, extending the lead to 17, 94-77. While the third quarter belonged to Kuzma, the fourth quarter belonged to Michael Beasley. The veteran scored 15 points in the quarter, getting his total up to 19 for the game. The Lakers would empty the bench with just under three minutes to play, as they win the game by 13, 113-100. Kyle Kuzma led all scorers with 41 points, while Lonzo Ball had 11 assists.

The Lakers get back-to-back wins for the first time since December 10th, 2018 and improve their record to 23-19, 8th in the West … one game back of the Spurs. The Pistons are now losers of three straight, and fall to 17-22, 9th in the East.

Next Game: Friday, Jan 11 @ Utah, 7:30 PM (Spectrum SN & ESPN)

Box Score


Teams 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
24 23 30 23 100
20 35 34 24 113


Brandon Ingram*29:3010964/10-1
Kyle Kuzma*29:14412016/24+14
Javale McGee*24:3610524/6+15
Josh Hart*26:182701/3+5
Lonzo Ball*34:4055112/6+24
Ivica Zubac23:2411914/8-2
K. Caldwell-Pope26:1615646/10+21
Lance Stephenson21:420220/1+8
Michael Beasley18:4619249/13-1
Svi Mykhailiuk2:470000/0-9
Moritz Wagner2:470000/1-9
Tyson ChandlerDNP

* = Starter


  • LeBron James will be out at least another week and will be re-evaluated next Friday, 1/18, per Dave McMenamin on Twitter.
  • Kyle Kuzma’s 41 points were a career-high.
  • After being outscored in the first, the Lakers outscored the Pistons by 17, 93-76.
  • Michael Beasley scored a season-high 19 points in 18 minutes off the bench.
  • KCP continued his great play as of late, averaging 16 points a game while making 3 threes a game over the last 7.
  • The Lakers scored 45 bench points from three players.
  • The 2nd All-Star returns have dropped, here are the Lakers updates:
    • LeBron James leads all players in votes with 2.8M
      • Kyle Kuzma is 8th amongst Frontcourt Players with 584K
        • Lonzo Ball is 8th amongst Guards with 529K

Author: Brandon Rosenthal

I’m a sports fanatic, podcaster, and sports blogger. Sports is a passion of mine and I enjoy connecting with other sports fans out there. You can follow me on twitter or here on Wordpress.

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