Dwight Howard on Andre Drummond’s shot rejection: “Andre’s a tough guy to try and block in the paint”

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Big man Dwight Howard finished Sunday’s night game with 11 points (4/8 FG, 3/5 FT), nine rebounds and five blocks in 21 minutes off the bench in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 106-99 win against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. The Lakers, who extended their winning streak to five games, improved to 29-7, whereas the Pistons fell to 13-24. Howard along with Anthony Davis (8 blocks) and JaVale McGee (6 blocks) contributed to an NBA season-high 20 blocks.

On snakes and blocks:

“Obviously it was a huge factor in the game. Our three big guys just played exceptional basketball. I think we as a group were not happy with giving up 68 points in the paint against the Pelicans. That was sort of the theme of our film session yesterday, and those guys took a lot of pride in protecting our rim tonight. Twenty blocks, that’s pretty special. Those guys did a great job,” Vogel gave credits to LA’s big man trio, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

The Lakers blocked 25.6% of Pistons shot attempts (20 of 78):