There's something about the Lakers and Pistons that always makes for a good mix at The Palace.

It produced another down-to-the-wire finish, and just like in the old days, and this one will be remembered for a little controversy.

Andre Drummond's alley-oop catch on an inbounds pass from Kyle Singler was met with a lot of contact by the Lakers' Pau Gasol with 1.2 seconds left, but the whistle didn't blow and the Lakers escaped with a 98-97 win Sunday.

After trailing by 18 in the third quarter, the Pistons played with some spunk and a spark, making it a close ballgame through the fourth quarter. Will Bynum had a chance to give the Pistons a lead with three seconds left but his driving layup spun in and out before Steve Nash missed two free throws, setting up the final play.