LOS ANGELES – Jordan Hill barely played for coach Mike D’Antoni when they were together with the New York Knicks four years ago, and he started this season on D’Antoni’s bench again with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hill has quickly made it impossible for D’Antoni to keep him off the court while the Lakers continue to chase wins without Kobe Bryant.
Hill had career highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Jodie Meeks and Nick Young scored 19 points apiece in the Lakers’ 114-99 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
Steve Blake had nine points and 16 assists for the Lakers, who made a late surge for just their second victory in six games. Los Angeles scored 16 consecutive points in a rally spanning the third and fourth quarters, holding Detroit without a field goal for more than five minutes.
Hill extended his impressive start to the season with another high-energy effort down low. Five days after moving into the starting lineup and promptly hitting his career high with 21 points against New Orleans, Hill surpassed that mark and his previous best rebounding game with relentless work against the Pistons’ imposing front line.
“I get more confidence every time I step on the floor,” said Hill, who washed out in New York and Houston before hitting his NBA stride with the Lakers over the past two seasons.
“We don’t have Steve Nash. We don’t have Kobe. We’ve got guys that we know have to step up. We’re banding together as a team.”
Los Angeles scored the final 10 points of the third quarter, taking a 79-71 lead into the fourth on consecutive 3-pointers by Young and a buzzer-beating turnaround jumper by Jordan Farmar. Strong playmaking by Blake and Farmar catalyzed the rally, which continued with the first six points of the fourth.
Blazers 118, Raptors 110 (OT)
In Toronto, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard each scored 25 points, and Nicolas Batum added 24 as Portland won its sixth straight game.
Lillard was 3-for-3 from the floor in the extra period as the Blazers escaped after blowing a 17-point lead in regulation.
Rudy Gay forced overtime with a buzzer-beating layup and tied a season high with 30 points to go with 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and Jonas Valanciunas added a season-high 19.
The Blazers made a season-high 15 3-pointers, finishing 15 for 32 from beyond the arc. Toronto made just three.
Grizzlies 97, Kings 86
In Sacramento, Zach Randolph scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and also had 10 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies over the Kings.
Memphis led by 20 points in the third quarter and survived a second-half rally by Sacramento to win its second straight on a four-game road trip that includes tough games Monday against the Clippers and Wednesday at Golden State.
Marc Gasol had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies. Mike Conley also had 19 points and nine assists, and Tony Allen added 12 points.
Travis Outlaw scored a season-high 18 points for the Kings.