It only had to be missing the starting center Anthony Davis for the Detroit Pistons, the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, gave a whole lesson in game to Los angeles lakers those who beat them 107-92.
The Lakers, current champions of the NBA, who played their second game away in consecutive days, after also losing the last 107-106 against the Philadelphia Sixers, were never competitive against the Pistons who gave their best version as a team so far this season.
The defending champions had not lost two games in a row since last season's playoffs that were played in the Orlando bubble, where they won the title.
Power forward Blake Griffin imposed his scoring power and contributed 23 points with six assists and three rebounds that left him leading the winning attack of the Pistons (5-14), who had five players with double-digit numbers.
Guard Wayne Ellington maintained his scoring momentum by scoring another 20 points after scoring 6 of 9 3-pointers and hitting 40 of 67 attempts in his last eight games. Ellington became the eighth player in NBA history to have at least seven straight games with four or more triples.
Center Mason Plumlee also imposed his power inside the zone with a double-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and put a block.
Plumlee, who begins to consolidate with her best game, won the individual duel against the Spanish pivot Marc Gasol, who finished without points in the 25 minutes he was on the field when he failed both shots to the basket.
Although the Sant Boi player did have a presence in the zone by capturing nine rebounds -seven defensive-, and distributing four assists, but without being able to be a winning factor with the Lakers (14-6).
The star forward LeBron James finished as leader of the Lakers by contributing a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists., but only two of those points came after the second quarter.
James was doubtful due to a sprained left ankle, but he looked good at first, making his first seven shots from the field and scoring 20 points in the first half. However, after the brilliant start, he barely made one basket in 12 attempts.
The Lakers star hit four 3s in the first half, while the Pistons trailed just 56-58 at halftime.
Power forward Kyle Kuzma also finished with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while backup guard Talen Horton-Tucker added 13 points as the Lakers' sixth player.
Davis, the Lakers' second leading scorer with an average of 21.9 points, could not play due to a bruised right quadriceps and his absence could not be compensated by the rest of the team in the fourth period when the Lakers fell apart with a partial of 25-14.
The Pistons led by one point before Griffin made a 3-pointer with 6:54 left and started a Lakers' 16-0 no response streak, who went almost seven minutes without scoring to lose any option to fight for the win.