Prince Of The Palace

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Tayshaun Prince's 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left lifted the Detroit Pistons to a 90-89 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, overcoming Kobe Bryant's big night.
Bryant had 39 points and 10 rebounds, but didn't get a shot on the final possession, which ended with Lamar Odom's airball. Bryant had an unusual triple-double, adding a career-high 11 turnovers to his scoring and rebounding numbers.
The Pistons have won nine straight at home over the Lakers, including three games to win the 2004 NBA finals.
Detroit led by as much as 17 in the first half, then fell behind when Bryant scored 10 straight points to put the Lakers ahead 62-58 with 4:18 left in the third.
The Lakers led 72-67, entering the fourth, and it was seesaw game the rest of the way.
Prince led the Pistons with 22 points while All-Stars Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton scored 16 and 14, respectively. Rookie reserves Arron Afflalo and Rodney Stuckey added 10 apiece.
Bryant didn't have much help.
Derek Fisher scored 15 and Ronny Turiaf had 12 points.
Detroit has won four straight while Los Angeles has dropped four of its last five games.
The Lakers have not won at The Palace since Jan. 18, 2002.
They had a chance to end the skid, but could not corral a key rebound before Prince made the game-winning shot.
With 16 seconds left, Prince passed to Billups, who dished to Rasheed Wallace, who missed a shot. The Pistons got to the offensive rebound and Prince was later open in the corner for a 3-pointer.
It was a tough way for the Lakers to start a nine-game road trip, where they will be challenged by a grueling schedule and short-handed roster.
They dressed just 11 players, as Luke Walton (hip) was active but not in uniform with day-to-day status. Andrew Bynum (left knee), Chris Mihm (right ankle) and Trevor Ariza (right foot) were on the inactive list.
Detroit, which began a five-game homestand, had played 10 of the previous 14 games on the road.
Los Angeles got off to a rough start, matching a season high with nine turnovers in the first quarter -- with Bryant contributing three of them -- as it fell behind 29-22.
The Pistons built a huge lead in the second only to see it whittled to a seven-point advantage at halftime.
Bryant took over in the third, scoring on an array of baskets inside and out to put the Lakers ahead. He did, however, surpass his previous career high in turnovers before the fourth started.
Bryant made more clutch baskets in the final quarter, though, to make up for it and seemed as if he would finally beat the Pistons on their home court.


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