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Kuzma helps Lakers beat Pistons 113-100
Thursday, January 10, 2019

(LOS ANGELES) – Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points in three quarters against his childhood team, joining some rarified company in the process. His offensive outburst propelled the Los Angeles Lakers over the Detroit Pistons 113-100 on Wednesday night to improve to 3-5 without the injured LeBron James. Kuzma had 22 points in the third quarter, hitting four 3-pointers to get the crowd on its feet and scoring on consecutive goaltending calls. He joined Klay Thompson, Stephen Currey, James Harden and James with 40-plus points in three quarters this season. Kuzma was a 9-year-old in Flint, Michigan, when the Pistons won the 2004 NBA Finals. He sat out the fourth quarter and put a wrap around his lower back, which has bothered him lately. Michael Beasley picked up where Kuzma left off, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the fourth on his 30th birthday. Detroit's Blake Griffin, averaging a career-high 25.3 points per game, was held to 16. He had no rebounds for the first time in his career, in part because of Kuzma's defense. Andre Drummond had 6 points and 17 rebounds and Reggie Jackson added 15 points for the Pistons, who have lost three in a row and six of seven.

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