NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Sacramento
(Sunday, March 6th)
Final Score: Sacramento 100, Detroit 85
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Kenny Thomas and Mike Bibby each scored 19 points, as the Sacramento Kings defeated the Detroit Pistons, 100-85, at ARCO Arena.
Thomas also pulled down 10 rebounds, while Bibby handed out 11 assists. Peja Stojakovic and Darius Songaila each netted 14 points for Sacramento, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Brian Skinner collected 12 points and 12 boards and Maurice Evans finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in the win.
Thomas, Skinner and Corliss Williamson were playing in front of the home crowd for the first time since the three players were acquired by the Kings from Philadelphia in the trade that sent Chris Webber to the 76ers.
"They have been really solid," said Kings head coach Rick Adelman about Thomas, Skinner and Williamson. "We knew what we were getting into with Corliss. We knew what type of guy he was and we knew he was going to give us stuff inside and he could play both forward positions. Kenny really looked like he relaxed today. He can really shoot the ball and he had a good sense of what we were doing."
Sacramento, which never trailed, played without starters Brad Miller and Cuttino Mobley. Miller missed his fourth straight game with a sore calf, while Mobley sat out with a strained lower back.
Rasheed Wallace paced the Pistons with 19 points and 10 boards. Richard Hamilton had 14 points and Chauncey Billups added 12 for Detroit, which has dropped three in a row.
The Pistons trailed by 11 points early in the fourth quarter, but used a 7-0 run, keyed by Wallace's three-pointer, to pull within 76-72 with 8:25 left.
The Kings then answered with a 9-2 spurt, keyed by Eddie House's three- pointer, to push the margin back to 11 at 85-74 with 5:50 remaining.
Sacramento continued to pour it on and Bibby's three-point shot with 3:18 left staked the Kings to a commanding 94-78 advantage.
Detroit got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way and fell behind by as many as 18.
Sacramento took control early, scoring 10 of the first 14 points of the game. After the Pistons closed within 16-14 on a layup by Antonio McDyess, Bibby and Stojakovic sandwiched baskets around a jumper by Carlos Arroyo and the Kings held a 20-16 edge after 12 minutes.
The Kings then opened the second quarter with a 15-3 burst, capped by Evans' three-pointer, to stretch their advantage to 35-19.
Sacramento still led by 16 at 45-29 following a jumper by Songaila with 4:24 remaining in the period. However, Billups nailed a three-pointer to ignite a 9-2 run that pulled Detroit within 47-38.
The Kings eventually carried a 55-46 lead into the locker room. Thomas scored all 15 of his first-half points in the second stanza. Hamilton led the Pistons in the opening 24 minutes with 14 points.
Detroit then scored the first seven points of the third quarter to cut the deficit to two, but Sacramento countered with a 17-4 spurt to take a 72-57 lead with 3:15 left in the period. Stojakovic nailed a pair of three-pointers and Evans added a shot from beyond the arc during the surge.
The Kings held a 74-63 advantage after 36 minutes.
McDyess and Tayshaun Prince each scored 11 points for Detroit. Prince also chipped in seven boards and six assists...The Kings have captured three straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two teams.
03/06 19:17:52 ET