The Lakers did, however, get solid contributions from both of their second round draft picks, Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter.
Ebanks scored 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting with two steals, two assists and two rebounds, while Caracter added 20 points of his own (9-of-14) with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.
L.A. also got 14 points from D.J. Strawberry, 11 assists from Ibrahim Jaaber and 11 points with seven boards from Rob Kurz, but couldn’t hand onto a nine-point lead (84-75) late in the fourth due to a 13-0 Pistons’ run to close the game.
The Lakers are back at it on Saturday, when they play the Denver Nuggets (1-0) at 3 p.m.