It was a block party at Staples Center Sunday night.
Anthony Davis led the way with eight blocked shots — two shy of his career best — and as a team the Lakers rejected 20 shots on their way to a 106-99 win over the Detroit Pistons.
It came from the Laker bigs: Davis had eight, JaVale McGee six, and Dwight Howard five, including two late on Andrew Drummond when the Pistons were making a run. Laker guard Avery Bradley had the other block, but he later left the game with a sprained ankle (X-rays were negative).
Davis and McGee became just the third pair of teammates in NBA history to have at least six blocks each in a game (Dirk Nowitzki and Erick Dampier did it for the Mavericks in 2005, they were the last ones).
The Lakers had given up 60 points in the paint in their last game, a win over New Orleans, and Davis said after the game the focus on blocks and protecting the paint was a reaction to that.
This effort was one block short of the Laker record, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had eight blocks to lead a 21-block effort against Denver in April of 1982. Those Lakers went on to win the NBA title.