Lakers blow out Pistons behind balanced scoring, sizzling shooting

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWell, what about Lonzo Ball?“Take away the Phoenix game,” Walton said. “This is the best game he played, I thought.Related Articles Orozco receives death penalty Jackson is ready to ‘Rampage’ For one night, everything clicked for the Lakers (3-4), and when it was over, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said simply, “They dominated us.”The Lakers never trailed after the first quarter en route to a convincing victory over a team that had in the past week beaten Golden State and the Clippers.At the heart of things was another strong defensive performance for a team that last year ranked 30th in defense but this season has refused to regress to the mean. “They’re doing a really good job of giving the effort,” Walton said, “but then starting to understand the vision of what we’re trying to accomplish defensively, which is nice to see.”Ball finished with 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with six rebounds. His three assists were a season low, but collectively, the Lakers tallied a season-high 30 assists.“My game goes up a lot when we play faster,” Ball said, “and as you saw, that’s what happened.”The star rookie was the Lakers’ primary instigator on offense, driving into the paint and igniting offensive sequences that often led to points.🎥 Seven Lakers scored in double digits tonight as they bury the Pistons, 113-93 #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/I7vSSRywET— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 1, 2017“He just set the tone,” Walton said, “and I thought the whole team fed off the way he was playing. I didn’t even look at his final stat line because I don’t even care what it was. I thought he was really, really impressive tonight.”The Lakers shot 49.5 percent from the field and, more impressive, were 12 for 26 from 3-point range. Entering the night, they were statistically the league’s most inept 3-point shooting team. Through six games they ranked last in 3-pointers made (6.7 per game) as well as percentage (27.8).“Every shot we took was in rhythm,” said Ingram, who finished with 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals. “Whether it was a swing or a penetration, drive and kick, everything was in rhythm.”In all, seven players reached double figures for the Lakers, led by 17 points and seven rebounds from Julius Randle, who seems to have found a home as a backup center. Walton said fans behind him constantly yell at him to put Randle in the game.On Tuesday, Randle shot 7 for 9 from the field.🎥 Julius Randle had 17 points and 7 rebounds in tonight’s win over Detroit #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/abaUiVuTpN— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 1, 2017“When he plays that fast yet under control,” Walton said, “he’s pretty hard to stay in front of.”Kyle Kuzma was right there with Randle, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and making all four of his 3-point attempts.🎥 Kyle Kuzma scored 16 points tonight and was a perfect four-of-four from behind the arc #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/FO8k4mZ0Qf— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 1, 2017Ball did not pick up his second assist until the final two minutes of the third quarter. His third dime came on the subsequent play, when he split defenders and then made a nifty drop to Andrew Bogut for a layup.When Ingram beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer moments later, the Lakers held an 87-72 advantage – at the time their largest lead of the night.Ball did not play from that point on, a testament to the work he and the rest of the Lakers had done on their most balanced night of the season. But the player who took all of the blame in a loss three nights earlier on Tuesday sought none of the credit for the victory.“It’s a good game any time we win,” he said. “It was our third win, my third good game.”Brandon Ingram attacks the rim on @NBATV! #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/0fnkZxUY9V— NBA (@NBA) November 1, 2017 PreviousLakers guard Lonzo Ball, front, wraps a pass around Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. Ball instigated a lot of offense by driving into the paint. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, back, shoots over Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson, top, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. fight for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez celebrates his three-pointer as Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond looks away during the first half of an NBA basketball Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris, left, drives past Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. during the first half of an NBA basketball Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, loses handle of the ball as Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith defends during the first half of an NBA basketball Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, right, goes up for a basket past Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris, right, wins a rebound over Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, top left, and guard Jordan Clarkson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson, right, goes up for a basket over Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., right, is found by Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, drives past Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, right, shoots over Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, drives past Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, front, wraps a pass around Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. Ball instigated a lot of offense by driving into the paint. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, back, shoots over Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, back, shoots over Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Brandon Ingram brought the defense, Brook Lopez was sharp from beyond the arc and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a Halloween Steve Urkel, was so excited to play his former team that he nearly busted out of his suspenders.Julius Randle’s energy. Kyle Kuzma’s efficiency.By the time Luke Walton got done doling out compliments after the Lakers secured a comfortable 113-93 win over Detroit, he looked pooped.“You want me to keep going?” he asked. Q&A with Cheyenne Weekley Around Whittier last_img read more

City set to move forward on Fort Hotel remediation

first_imgDespite a few setbacks, remediation work on the land around the Old Fort Hotel is expected to be completed by the fall.Part of the delay stems from the fact the City had put out an expression of interest to have a developer purchase the land and conduct the necessary remediation, says Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz. However, Lantz says no company appeared willing to buy the property, as well as take on the work.- Advertisement -So, he says the City will now be taking on the task of cleaning up the site itself and will then sell the land. The City had allocated $250,000 in its 2010 budget, which has been rolled over into the 2011 budget.Once the remediation work is complete, he says the City will sell the land to a developer that has an idea which fits in with the downtown revitalization plan.The City had applied for grants to help offset some of the costs, but Lantz says while grants would help save the City some money, even if none are received, it will still go forward with the remediation.A tender was sent out for the work, which closed on Friday, and barring any significant problems he says the remediation work should take between four and six weeks once a contractor is selected.Advertisement The City took over the property after its previous owner failed to pay three years worth of taxes.The property is contaminated with asbestos, which was commonly used in building construction up until the early 1980s. Thus, whichever company is chosen to clean up the property must be qualified to deal with potentially hazardous materials.last_img read more