AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Lakers whipped the Detroit Pistons tonight because: 1. They ran an offense and the Pistons didn’t. 2. They played something resembling defense and the Pistons didn’t. 3: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom made sure the Lakers wouldn’t mess around and let the Pistons gain confidence. They led and the rest of the Lakers followed for a resounding victory. Bryant scored 33 points, Gasol had 25 and Odom added 15 points plus 14 rebounds.
Next: Minnesota on Friday.