Rashid S. Umar
The Pistons began the four-game road trip Tuesday with a 101-89 win over the Kings in Sacramento. Rip Hamilton led the team with 30 points and Tayshaun Prince filled the statline with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block. The young Kings were led by future Rookie-of-the-year Tyreke Evans with 28 and 13 assists. Detroit jumped out to a 14 point lead in the first quarter before the Kings came back and closed it to three at quarters end. After relinquishing the lead early in the second, the Pistons stormed back to take back control and never trailed again. The team will head here to Los Angeles to face the Clippers Wednesday night. I may be there…
Key points of the night:
- Thoughts and prayers go out to coach John Kuester following the death of his father over the weekend.
- Detroit led by as many as 30 before the Kings rallied to within a dozen.
- Rodney Stuckey tallied 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists – despite of 4 turnovers.
- Looks like Tayshaun and Rip are healthy enough to have a meaningful impact for the stretch run.
- Pistons shot a sizzling 58.4% for the game.
- This is the Pistons’ first back-to-back wins since earlier this month versus the Nets and Bucks.
- This is also the first time the team has scored 100 points or more in back-to-back games since mid-December versus Denver and Golden State, both wins
- Jason Maxiell and Ben Wallace played limited minutes due to foul trouble, while Chris Wilcox saw action… although he couldn’t hit a free throw to save his life.
- Rebound war tied at 34.
- The Swede is a tough kid for real.
- Highlights of the Game via NBA.com
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- Another DNP-CD for Kwame Brown.
- Tyreke Evans is going to be a great player in this league.
- Did anyone know that Larry Hughes plays for the Kings?
- For so reason, this is only Detroit’s 3rd win in the last 13 games in Sacramento.