Kings hold on against Pistons to snap five-game losing streak 109-104

January 24, 2017

NBA, Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins drives during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

By: Eric He

The Sacramento Kings finally got back in the win column with a 109-104 victory over the Pistons on Monday in Detroit.

Six players finished in double figures, with DeMarcus Cousins’ 22 points and 14 rebounds leading the way. Ty Lawson chipped in 19 points, including a 3-pointer that put the Kings ahead 101-90 midway through the fourth quarter. The Pistons cut the deficit to as low as four with a minute to play, but the Kings were able to hang on and close the game out.

The win is just the Kings’ second win in 10 games as they have fallen out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference. They are also in the midst of an eight-game road trip without Rudy Gay, who is out for the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

The Kings led by three points at halftime and maintained the advantage throughout the second half, fending off comeback attempts by the Pistons. They managed to squeak away with the win despite shooting 48.8 percent compared to 50 percent for the Pistons.

The Pistons also had six players finish in double figures, with Reggie Jackson’s 18 points leading the way.

“Everybody has to step their game up,” Ty Lawson said to the AP on the loss of Gay. “Everybody has been working hard, and now that Rudy went down, we can show what they’ve been working on.”

The Kings’ road trip doesn’t get easier. They face the defending champion Cavaliers on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

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