NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Detroit
(Friday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Detroit 98, Sacramento 92
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Rodney Stuckey scored a game-high 38 points and added seven assists, as the Detroit Pistons held on for a 98-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Stuckey, in his second year in the NBA out of Eastern Washington, helped the Pistons extend their win streak to six games and had his second big performance in that stretch. In the first contest of the streak, a 104-98 decision over Chicago on December 23, Stuckey netted a career-high 40 points.
He is averaging 22.7 points during Detroit's win streak, and has helped the club overcome an injury to star guard Richard Hamilton, who missed his fourth consecutive game Friday with a groin injury. The Pistons also played without Rasheed Wallace (sore right foot) and Antonio McDyess (bruised ribs) Friday night.
Allen Iverson and Tayshaun Prince added 23 points each for Detroit, while Prince also grabbed 10 boards. Amir Johnson finished with 14 rebounds and 10 points in the win.
Brad Miller had 25 points and 16 boards to pace the Kings, who have lost seven of their last eight. John Salmons had 21 points and Kevin Martin 20 in the loss.
The Kings, trailing for most of the contest, were down 85-75 just short of the midway point of the final stanza. But Sacramento chipped away, and with 2:46 left, a Bobby Jackson triple made it an 89-86 contest. However, the Kings couldn't get closer, as Stuckey helped Detroit hold on for the win.
After Jackson's shot, he drove for a layup and, following a missed three- pointer, he drove the lane again, fooling a Kings defender with a behind-the- back dribble. He went up for the layup, which fell, and was fouled in the process.
Stuckey drained the free throw for a 94-86 edge with 2:01 on the clock. Sacramento missed its next two shots, though Stuckey was off the mark on the other end.
After the teams traded points, the Kings made four consecutive free throws to make it a four-point game. But Iverson drilled a pullup jumper from the right side with under 20 seconds left to give the Pistons a 98-92 lead, and Detroit held on for the win.
Detroit used a 15-3 run in the first quarter to take a 29-18 lead going into the second, but Sacramento clawed back to get within 45-44 at the break.
Back-to-back shots from Prince and Jason Maxiell more than four minutes into the third quarter stretched Detroit's lead to 58-49, and the Pistons led 73-66 going into the fourth.
The Kings shot just 33.7 percent from the field, but made 33-of-34 free throws. Martin was 12-for-12 from the stripe, and Miller went 9-for-10...The Pistons shot 48.8 percent overall, but made none of their five three-point attempts and 18-of-24 foul shots.
01/02 23:16:25 ET