AUBURN HILLS (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Pistons rally to beat the L.A. Lakers in overtime 88-85 Tuesday night at the Palace.
Detroit overcame a dismal third quarter – scoring only nine points – and turned on the burners in the fourth to go ahead of Los Angeles and overcome a tying shot by Kobe Bryant at the end of regulation Tuesday night.
Rodney Stuckey had a game high 34 points, followed by Ben Gordon’s 15 pts. and 5 rebounds for the Pistons.
Bryant, who had tied the game at the buzzer to force the extra session, missed from 3-point range in the final seconds of overtime.
Metta World Peace came up with the ball and dribbled back toward the top of the key, but his last-ditch turnaround missed as well.
Andrew Bynum had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers.
Bryant finished with 22 points on 8-of-26 shooting. He started the game with black mask protecting his injured nose but switched to a clear one while struggling through the first half.
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