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Blake Griffin, Pistons hand Lakers second consecutive loss

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin sparked a late 17-0 run to help his team knock off the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday in Detroit. Photo by Jason Szenes/EPA-EFE
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin sparked a late 17-0 run to help his team knock off the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday in Detroit. Photo by Jason Szenes/EPA-EFE

Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Blake Griffin scored a game-high 23 points to help the Detroit Pistons give the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers their second consecutive loss.

The Lakers hadn't lost back-to-back games since before last season's playoff run. LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma scored 22 points apiece in the 107-92 loss on Thursday in Detroit.

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"I thought we were good," Griffin told reporters. "Defensively, we were scrambling around. We were making the extra pass" on offense.

The Pistons held a 34-31 edge in the first quarter, despite 14 points from James in the frame. The Lakers then outscored the Pistons 27-22 in the second quarter to take a 58-56 lead at halftime.

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Griffin then scored 11 points in the third quarter to help the Pistons earn an 82-78 lead going into the fourth frame. The Pistons forward continued his hot streak down the stretch.

Griffin hit a 3-pointer with 6:54 remaining to spark a 17-0 Pistons run. The Lakers didn't score for nearly seven minutes during that run.

James did not score and the Lakers had just two points over the final 12 minutes. The four-time NBA MVP had 10 assists and seven rebounds, in addition to his 22 points. Kuzma had 10 rebounds and seven assists.

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Wayne Ellington had 20 points in the win. Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons. Derrick Rose and Jerami Grant scored 14 points apiece for Detroit.

"I think Detroit played extremely well," James said. "We didn't play well. Our legs got [tired] on the second night of back-to-back games and that was the result of it."

The Pistons (5-14) battle the Golden State Warriors at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday at Chase Center in San Francisco. The Lakers (14-6) face the Boston Celtics at 8:30 p.m. EST on Saturday at TD Garden in Boston.

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St. Vincent-St. Mary High School senior LeBron James (L) drives around a Zanesvuille defender in Akron, Ohio, on February 14, 2003. James is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. A couple months later, the Cleveland Cavaliers coach was suspended because James worked out with the team before he graduated from high school. Photo by Tom Cammett/UPI | License Photo

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