Just a great night for a team that was searching for itself a bit in the interim before Bryant returned and suddenly looks as if it has some stuff heading in the right direction.
How it happened: L.A. used a 16-0 spurt though the end of the third quarter/start of the fourth to break the game open and really turned it on throughout the entire final frame.
What it means: After flubbing the first game of their four-game homestand with a weak effort in the fourth quarter against Memphis, L.A. looked sharp at Staples Center once again, improving to 5-7 with a chance to get back to .500 with the final two games next weekend.
Hits: Hill had career highs in both points (24) and rebounds (17).
Johnson had 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting, with half of those field goals coming off alley-oop passes from Blake.
Meeks followed up his 25 points against Memphis with 19 against Detroit, including a 4-for-7 mark from 3.
Gasol neared a triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Young scored 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting off the bench.
Farmar had six points and five assists in 13 highly effective minutes.
L.A. went 10-for-10 from the free throw line as a team.
Misses:Chris Kaman was the odd man out of the rotation, finishing with two points on 1-for-4 shooting in five minutes.
Stat of the game: 8. That's the number of assists Blake, who came into Sunday averaging 9.4 assists in his past four games, had in the first quarter. The assist total was a bit off Magic Johnson's franchise record of assists in a quarter (12) and even further off Blake's own NBA record that he is tied for with most assists in a quarter all-time (14), but was impressive nonetheless. Blake's 16 total assists Sunday marks the first time in his 11-year career that he had 10-plus assists in four straight games.
Up next: The Lakers have a rare four-day stretch without a game Monday-Thursday and get back into action Friday at home against the Golden State Warriors.