The Pistons continued their homestand tonight against the Sacramento Kings. This was a dangerous game as the Kings came into Little Caesars Arena at 1-7 facing a Detroit team on the second night of a back to back.
Taking their opponents seriously, the Pistons came charging out of the gate and scored the game’s first 10 points. The Kings responded with a balanced attack, which combined bench scoring with hot outside shooting, to keep the game close. They took their only lead, 48-47, with 2:29 left in the half. The Pistons entered the break with a narrow 51-48 lead.
However, the Pistons starters asserted themselves late in the third quarter. 3 pointers by Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson began a 14-5 run to end the third. Detroit’s advantage in free throws and from behind the 3 point line proved enough as they finished with a 108-99 victory. At the 10 game mark, the Pistons find themselves in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and just a half game back of the Boston Celtics.
The Pistons were led by Avery Bradley’s 24 points on 10-15 shooting. Andre Drummond had another incredible performance with 16 points, 19 rebounds (5 offensive), 4 assists and 3 steals. Tobias Harris added 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists while leading the way from behind the 3 point line with a 4-7 effort. Anthony Tolliver had 10 points and 2 steals off the bench. The Kings were led by Zach Randolph’s 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Rookies De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 14 points a piece, while Buddy Hield had 13 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.
Notes: The Pistons improved to 7-3 on the season and 4-1 at home. The Pistons take a few nights off before continuing the homestand Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers. Former Pistons Jerry Stackhouse and Derrick Coleman were in attendance courtside. Jerry Stackhouse is currently coaching the Raptors G-League team, the defending champion Toronto 905. The Toronto 905 take on the Drive Sunday in Grand Rapids.