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Sunday, November 17th (All times Eastern)

Detroit Pistons (3-5) at Los Angeles Lakers (4-7), 9:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers will try to improve on some recent poor performances Sunday night when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to the Staples Center.

The Lakers have dropped two straight and four of their last five, including an 89-86 setback at home to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Los Angeles blew a three-point lead to start the fourth quarter and had no answer for Memphis big man Zach Randolph.

"We just didn't make the plays to win the game like a corner three or someone came up behind you in the fast break," said Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. "We didn't make our foul shots and they made all of them. Just little things that separate the two teams and Zach went off and made some difficult shots."

Jodie Meeks led the way for the Lakers with 25 points. Nick Young scored 18 off the bench and Jordan Hill scored 12 points. Pau Gasol had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Steve Blake handed out 10 assists in the losing effort.

It's a simple equation for the Lakers. In their seven losses, L.A. has cracked the 100-point mark just once. In their four victories, they've gone over the century number three times and in the fourth win, they scored 99 points.

The Lakers continue their homestand against the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings before they head east.

The Pistons earned their first road win of the season on Friday with a 97-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Josh Smith was exceptional on Friday, leading the Pistons with 21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks.

"This is the way Josh (Smith) plays. He scores, he rebounds -- I think he had four blocks. He does a little bit of everything and this is the way we need Josh to play. He was spectacular tonight," said Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks.

Andre Drummond was excellent as well with 15 points and 18 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey scored 16 off the bench and Kyle Singler chipped in 11 for the second unit. Brandon Jennings had 11 points and nine assists versus only one turnover.

Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope earned his first start in place of Chauncey Billups, who is battling knee tendinitis. He scored seven points on 2-for-5 shooting.

Billups is questionable against the Lakers.

Sunday's tilt with the Lakers will end a four-game western trip for the Pistons.

The Lakers won both contests last season and have taken three in a row over the Pistons in L.A.

11/17 10:37:23 ET

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CHA 109
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UTA 101
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CLE 95
BRK 91
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MIN 98
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DET 100
TOR 110
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MIA 103
WAS 105
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MEM 97
CHI 103
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SAN 119
POR 129
 
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DEN 107
LAC 100
 
2nd
LAL 44
OKC 42
 
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YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
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TULA 56
JST 49
 
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RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
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BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
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LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
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SCAR 68
CLEM 45
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CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
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MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
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GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
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ODU 60
MDES 43
 
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BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
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KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
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FAM 65
UNF 83
 
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NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
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DART 58
NILL 55
 
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MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
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UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
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STJ 53
GAELS 47
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ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
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TENN 61
TENT 58
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WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
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MERC 67
COOK 46
 
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FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
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CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
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MTST 68
CHAT 58
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NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
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LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
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PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
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LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
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MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
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LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
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SELA 81
WINT 71
 
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SILL 52
NO 56
 
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MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
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TTU 72
ARKPB 51
 
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DEN 84
COLST 85
 
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CREI 75
TXPA 60
 
2nd
CAL 51
EWASH 49
 
2nd
UTST 47
IDST 38
 
1st
UTEP 7
ARZ 17
 
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NJD 3
TAM 2
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OTT 6
ANA 2
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DET 1
NYI 2
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WIN 2
BOS 1
3rd
CAL 1
DAL 2