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The Lakers finally got a W, defeating the winless Detroit Pistons at the Staples Center last night. The only downside of the night was the fact that Mike Brown brought the starters back into the game when they should have had the rest of the night off. Regardless, here are the grades for last night’s game:

Steve Blake: B

Sneaky Steve had 5 steals on the night and played another solid game in place of Steve Nash dropping 6 dimes and only coughing up the ball twice.

Kobe Bryant: A-

It’s nice to see Kobe only take 10 shots on the night as he focused on setting up the big guys while getting his points when the team needed him. 8 assists (only 1 turnover) and 7 rebounds ain’t too shabby either

Metta World Peace: B+

If Metta can continue shooting the 3 like he did last night, this Lakers team will be nearly impossible to beat

Pau Gasol: B+

Pau didn’t have a great offensive night, but he showed some toughness and defensive prowess against a tough guy like Maxiel

Dwight Howard: A-

He’s not even 100% yet and Dwight is already carrying the team on both ends of the floor. It’s nice to see your center/best player running the floor with maximum effort night in and night out

Darius Morris: B+

Best game I’ve seen Morris play in his young NBA career. Did a nice job of setting up the offense and taking shots when open. He also brought much needed energy to the team on the defensive end.  We will definitely need to see more of this as the season progresses (especially if Nash is out a month)

Jordan Hill: B

The energizer bunny just keeps on going.  Jordan Hill must be the most annoying player to defend; he’s always in the right spot to get offensive rebounds. 5-5 from the charity stripe too

Devin Ebanks: D

Tough night for Ebanks as he struggled to find his shot, going 0 for 6 from the field

Antawn Jamison: C+

Still need to see Antawn be more aggressive on the offensive end, perhaps posting up against the smaller SF guarding him. That 3 in garbage time was a nice sight for Lakers fans

Chris Duhon: N/A

Special shout out to Chris Duhon who didn’t play long enough to earn a grade, but did show some nice passing in the last 4 minutes of the game. Would like to see Coach Brown try him out with the starters in there too