AUBURN HILLS -- The first decision Kobe Bryant made Tuesday night was a disaster.
So was his last.
After starting the game with a new mask that didn't fit, Bryant guessed wrong on the Lakers' final possession of the game, letting the Detroit Pistons pull out an 88-85 overtime victory. It was a typical split-personality performance for the Lakers, who are now 17-2 at home and 6-13 on the road.
With six seconds left, the Lakers needed a 3-pointer to force a second overtime. Bryant expected the Pistons to foul him as soon as he touched the ball, so he threw up a wild 30-footer to try to draw three shots.
Tayshaun Prince, though, didn't go for the foul, and Bryant's heave didn't come close. Metta World Peace grabbed the rebound and raced back to the 3-point line, but his shot bounced harmlessly off the rim as time expired.
Lakers coach Mike Brown didn't want to comment on his star's decision, telling the media to ask Bryant about the decision. Bryant didn't have much to say either....