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Pistons vs. Lakers: Detroit falls, 98-97, as Drummond just misses game-winning alley-oop

A rare afternoon matinee provided plenty of entertainment for Pistons fans-- but sadly, not a win. Things got chippy between Brandon Knight and Metta World Peace early in the game, while Detroit's comeback bid fell just short, 98-97.

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Andre Drummond picks Pau Gasol's pocket, leads the fast break and finds Brandon Knight for the dunk.

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Pistons fall short at the buzzer, LA wins 98-97

The Los Angeles Lakers blew an 18-point lead but held on at the end to defeat the Detroit Pistons 98-97 at the Palace. The Pistons mounted a big comeback in the second half and some shoddy free-throw shooting by the Lakers opened the door.

Los Angeles missed four free throws in the final 16 seconds of the game that could have iced it. Earl Clark missed the first two with 16.8 remaining. Detroit nearly took the lead when Will Bynum's driving attempt rattled out and Steve Nash ended up with the rebound and was fouled. Nash then went to the line and missed two himself giving the Pistons one last chance with 1.2 seconds remaining. Detroit tried a lob to the rim and Andre Drummond was unable to guide it in as time expired.