The Detroit Pistons brought a young, aggressive, shot-blocking and paint-dominating frontcourt to try to stick it to the Lakers. Nothing Jordan Hill couldn't handle. He pushed back against the Pistons' brawn, getting career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds in the Lakers' 114-99 victory Sunday at Staples Center. Known primarily as a lottery bust his first four seasons, Hill has been a discovery since Coach Mike D'Antoni inserted him into the starting lineup, averaging 18.8 points and 12 rebounds in four games. D'Antoni was cautious after Hill's first start, a 21-point, 11-rebound effort against New Orleans. Wait and see, D'Antoni urged. Now everybody sees a hustling, energetic guy trying to help the talent-starved Lakers win via vigor. The Pistons came into the game with an NBA-best average of 51 points in the paint. They scored 52 in the paint Sunday but couldn't keep Hill out of it. "Basically, J-Hill doing his thing," said Hill, who made a career-high 11 baskets in 16 attempts. The Lakers, of course, hope he keeps doing it — scoring off hustle plays, plucking rebounds, setting screens and defending in the post. He wasn't so great defensively Friday against Memphis, getting beat numerous times by Zach Randolph late in the game. But he more than held his own against Detroit's frontcourt trio of Josh Smith (18 points), Greg Monroe (17 points) and Andre Drummond (14 points).
Jordan Hill's career game carries Lakers to 114-99 win over Pistons
Los Angeles Times | Nov 18