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By Jeff Hall
The Lowly Detroit Pistons appeared to be a team that the Kings could handle without their star player DeMarcus Cousins. After all the Pistons had only won one of their last 14 games and had just come off of a win over the Phoenix Suns the night before. But these days no team is easy for the Kings who fell to the Pistons 95-90 in front of 16, 242 fans at Sleep Train Arena.
Neither team played exceptionally well in the first half. The Kings came out shooting well beyond the 3 point line and ended up shooting fifty percent from the 3 point line in the first half which resulted in a 3 point lead for the Kings a the half.
Rudy Gay was 4 of 6 from the 3-point line and led the Kings in scoring in the first half with 14 points. The Kings continue to be their own worst enemy as they struggle with capable ball handling and turned the ball over 11 times in the first half and resulting in 9 points for the Pistons. . The Pistons struggled with ball handling as well and the Kings scored 12 points on turnovers. Both Teams struggled shooting from the field in the first half. The Pistons shot 44 percent from the field a typical struggle for the Pistons so far this season. The Kings shot 39 percent. The Kings also struggled from the free throw line shooting 68 percent.
The second half was not any better, for either team. The Kings struggled the most in the third quarter. 14 Kings turnovers allowed the Pistons to take their biggest lead of the night with 14 points and the Kings could not get themselves back into the game with the larger deficit. “That third quarter really hurt us, I think that we shot 18 percent. That makes it hard to build a lead an win games when you aren’t making shots.” Said Kings head Coach Michael Malone. Malone said he wasn’t overly disappointed. “We had some good looks but we struggled making shots tonight. ” said Malone.
It was definitely not a game that either team will be proud of their play. The Pistons shot only 30 percent from the field with 15 turnovers. Two players who were the strongest for Detroit were Forward Josh Smith and Forward Greg Monroe. Smith had 21 points for the Pistons and Monroe had 24 Points. The first half success of the 3 point shot seemed to lure the Kings into continue trying from 3 point land, but the shot was not as successful in the second half. The Loss dropped the Kings to a 11-13 record on the season. The win was just the fifth of the season for the Pistons and only the team’s third road win. The Pistons record improved to 5-19 on the year. Rudy Gay led the Kings in scoring with 20 points.
It was a rough night for the Kings Guard Darren Collison who only scored 3 points in 32 minutes of play.
Once again the Kings were without DeMarcus Cousins (Viral Meningitis )and Omri Casspi (left knee bone contusion).
Up Next, the Kings will take on Oklahoma City at the Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday.
Notes: The Kings assigned rookie forward Eric Moreland to the team’s NBA D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, it was announced today by Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.