The Lakers had two guards go down in the second quarter Sunday, and Avery Bradley was unable to return after suffering a sprained right ankle during their 106-99 win over the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center.
But the Lakers remained undefeated against teams with losing records behind LeBron James’ 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. The Lakers also tallied 20 blocks — Anthony Davis finished with eight, JaVale McGee had six and Dwight Howard had five.
Davis scored 24 points, including a three-pointer with 1:28 left for a four-point lead, and had 11 rebounds and Alex Caruso finished with 13 points to help the Lakers win their fifth consecutive game.
Bradley had stolen the ball and then turned it over driving toward the basket. As he jumped around, Bradley rolled his ankle and had to be helped to the locker room.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope rolled his left ankle on a drive, went to the locker room, got the ankle re-taped and returned to play in the second half in place of Bradley. The Lakers said X-rays on Bradley‘s ankle were negative.
Lakers forward Anthony Davis blocks the shot by Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood during the first quarter. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers guard Danny Green and Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya battle for a loose ball during the second quarter. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers star LeBron James grimaces in pain during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers guard Avery Bradley, top, fouls Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown as center JaVale McGee, right, tries to steal the ball during the second quarter. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers forward LeBron James tries to break up a pass by Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway during the second quarter. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
One of the biggest highlights of the first half came in the first quarter when McGee received a pass from James with the shot clock winding down and drilled a three-pointer — making him two for two this season — to the delight of the crowd and his teammates.