But then the Pistons showed, the Lakers woke up and the score ended up being, 108-79, in favor of a Lakers team that apparently just needed a little visit from the Pistons to get their engines going.
Dwight Howard finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Kobe Bryant had eight assists and seven rebounds to go along with 15 points as the Lakers finished the first quarter with a 34-13 lead and never looked back. They led by 28 points at the half and put it on cruise control from there.
None of the Pistons starters finished in double figures and the top scorers were Jonas Jerebko's 18 points and Kyle Singler's 11 points off the bench.
The loss drops the Pistons to 0-3 and the Lakers improve to 1-3.