1989 NBA Finals: Lakers at Pistons, Gm 2 part 8/13





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Published on Dec 19, 2010

Game 2 - Pistons 108, Lakers 105

Already short-handed without Byron Scott, the Lakers were dealt a crushing blow when star point guard Magic Johnson had to leave this game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. Before Johnson's departure, the Lakers had led by as many as 10 points. The game was tied at 75 when Johnson left, and the Lakers briefly responded by going on a 15-6 run. L.A. couldn't keep up the pace, though, and the Pistons took a seven-point lead with under four minutes left. The Lakers closed the gap to two, and James Worthy had a chance to tie the game at the free-throw line, but missed one of his two attempts. Isiah Thomas then iced the game with two free throws of his own, giving the Pistons a three-point win.

Joe Dumars led all scorers with 33 points, while Thomas finished with 21 for Detroit. The Lakers have six players in double figures, but no one reached the 20-point mark for L.A. James Worthy and Michael Cooper led the team with 19 points each. Johnson finished with 18 points, six rebounds and nine assists before being forced to the bench with his injury.

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