Wolves lose 4-2 to Pistons

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The Los Angeles Lakers have lost their fifth straight game to the Detroit Pistons, a franchise record for consecutive losses.

The Lakers are 0-2 in their last 10 games.

Kobe Bryant scored 32 points for the Lakers and Jodie Meeks added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons.

Detroit outscored the Lakers 20-6 in the fourth quarter.

The Pistons, who were led by Brandon Jennings, have lost six of seven.

“It’s embarrassing to lose to the Lakers,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said.

“That was the kind of thing you would expect from a team that was losing.

But you can’t take away what the team has accomplished this year.

I think the way we handled that was not acceptable.”

Detroit had a chance to win with more offensive production, but Bryant’s third 3-pointer gave the Lakers a 47-48 lead with 5:16 left in the second quarter.

Bryant missed another 3-point attempt with 2:50 left, but he got within four points at 11:07 of the third.

Bryant had 24 points in the first half.

Jennings scored 15 points and Meeks had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

“I just felt a little bit of the pain, I think, on my ankle,” Jennings said.

The loss comes two days after the Pistons beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-95.

“When you lose, it hurts like hell,” Pistons center Andre Drummond said.

Detroit has lost five of six.

The last time the Pistons lost four straight was on Dec. 11, 1995.

Detroit led by 20 in the third quarter, but Milwaukee took a 17-point lead into the fourth.

“You want to make the most of the opportunities that come your way,” Jennings, who missed four of the previous six games, said.

Jennings is averaging 25.4 points in his last eight games.

He had 18 points in Detroit’s 108-105 loss to Sacramento on Saturday.

Detroit coach Lawrence Frank has used several different starting lineups.

His last game as head coach was Jan. 17, 2009.

Frank used Gerald Wallace, a 6-foot-9 forward who was traded to the Bulls, in the starting lineup for the next two games.

“He was a tremendous part of our team and we’re happy to have him back,” Frank said.

Losing the Lakers is the worst start for the team since beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-95 on Nov. 13, 2000.

The Timberwolves also lost their first two games and had dropped nine of their previous 11.

Minnesota’s two losses have come to Detroit and the Lakers.

Detroit is 0-3 against the Lakers, who are 3-0 against the Pistons, winning their last two matchups.

The teams last meeting was Jan, 24, 2010.

The Clippers beat Detroit 102-90 in overtime.

The Mavericks, who also lost two of their last three, beat the Pistons 122-116 on Saturday in their first home game in Detroit since the NBA lockout ended.

“They were the worst team in the league,” Mavericks guard Dirk Nowitzki said.

Nowitzkis last game in Oakland was Feb. 18, 2014, when the Pistons won 116-108.

“We’ve just got to go out and prove they can’t play here and prove we can compete here,” Nowitzke said.

NOTES: The Lakers have won three straight at home, dating to March 8, 2007.

The Lakers were 0-4 against the NBA’s worst record at the time.

Pistons coach Jason Kidd had a career-high 17 points in a 104-97 loss to the Nets on Feb. 9, 2007, his second loss in three games.

New Orleans and Detroit played the next night.

Jennings had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Clippers’ 105-97 win on March 2.

Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. had a season-high 15 points.

Bryant was 10 for 19 from 3-pointers for the third straight game.

Los Angeles’ Bryant had three 3-points in a 95-89 loss to Portland on Jan. 28.

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