AUBURN HILLS, MI – In Kobe Bryant’s final trip to the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Detroit Pistons dominated the Los Angeles Lakers 111-91.
Upon his entry to the court, Kobe was entreated to an enthusiastic welcome from Pistons and Lakers fans in the building. The fans all over the Palace were ecstatic whenever Kobe would touch the ball.
Kobe played awfully, scoring 5 points with 15 shots, but fans were excited to see him score when he did, breaking out in “KO-BE” chants.
The Pistons controlled the game from the opening tip, The game was never in doubt, as Detroit hopped out to an early lead, never looking back from there.
Detroit took advantage of numerous Laker turnovers and was able to cash in from deep, scoring in bunches. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons in scoring, pouring in 22 points.
Andre Drummond dominated the boards in his typical fashion, scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Drummond has 19 double-doubles on the season, leading the league.
Detroit’s bench got in to the action as well, as all except Joel Anthony logged a basket in the scoring column. Obviously, the bench was in for the majority of the second half.
Metta World Peace was showered with boos from Pistons fans, as he was the head of the NBA’s most infamous brawl in 2004.
The Lakers’ Nick Young got into an altercation with the Pistons’ Anthony Tolliver, resulting in a flagrant two foul and an ejection for Young.
The Pistons (12-9), will next play against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena in Carolina.