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1989 NBA Finals: Pistons at Lakers, Gm 3 part 13/14

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Published on Dec 20, 2010

Game 3 - Pistons 114, Lakers 110

Magic Johnson attempted to play on his injured hamstring but missed the only two shots he attempted and sat down for good five minutes into the game. Even without Johnson and Byron Scott, the Lakers were able to keep the game close, leading by as many as eight points in the third quarter. Detroit relied on the hot hand of Joe Dumars, who scored 17 straight points for them in the third quarter, and entered the fourth quarter down just two points. In the fourth quarter, the Pistons' offense was led by Vinnie Johnson, who scored 13 points in the final 12 minutes. Johnson's jumper with 2:06 left gave the Pistons a five-point cushion. The Lakers would pull within 3 at one point but never got any closer, as Dumars blocked David Rivers' potential game-tying 3-pointer.

Dumars finished with 31 points, 21 of which came in the third quarter, to lead the Pistons. Isiah Thomas added 26 points, while Dennis Rodman was a key contributor off the bench, finishing with 12 points and 19 rebounds. James Worthy led the Lakers with 26 points, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds.

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