Detroit Pistons Halt 12-Game Losing Slide On the Road, Top Sacramento Kings 106-90
Vince Carter Moves In 22nd Position On NBA's Scoring List
Sacramento Kings forward Zac Randolph holds off Detroit Pistons player Blake Griffin at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. Publicity Agents photo art by T. Ray Harvey. March. 19, 2018.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Sacramento, Calif. — The Detroit Pistons stopped a 12-game losing streak on the road with a 106-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on Monday. Detroit completed the sweep of the Kings this season and broke a two-game losing streak in Sacramento. Griffin had a game-high 26 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and one-blocked shot for the Pistons (31-39), who allowed on nine free-throw attempts. The victory was also the first on the road for Detroit since Griffin was traded to the team in late January. Ish Smith had 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Reggie Bullock contributed 17 points and two assists. Andre Drummond added 16 rebounds, three blocked shots, and two assists. The Piston only committed nine turnovers in the game. “I thought at times we really had good ball movement,” said Detroit head coach Stan Van Gundy. “We played in stretches, but we made our runs off good defensive plays. We did not turn the ball over a whole lot.”
Buddy Hield had 20 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals for the Kings (23-49). De’Aaron Fox had 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds while Justin Jackson added 15 points and four rebounds. The Kings went to the charity stripe nine times and only made four. Fox missed three straight in the second half. The four-made free throws tie a record franchise low. The Kings made four at Vancouver on Feb. 26, 2000 and at Portland on Nov. 19, 1996. “The energy just wasn’t there,” Fox said. “We just have to let this game go. Just make it feel like this game didn’t happen and try to get back where we were the last three games.” The game was tied 44-44 at the half. After five ties in the third quarter, the Piston slowly built up a margin. They had their biggest lead when Bullock made a 26-foot 3-point shot to make the score 98-76 with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter. “This time of the year you’ll take (a road victory) any way you can get it,” Griffin said. “We took care of business and we have to go do it again.”
| Sacramento Kings Vince Carter scored his seventh point of the game in the third quarter, which puts him in the 22nd position for career baskets in the NBA. Carter’s 26-foot 3-point shot with 29.5 seconds left in the third quarter gave him 24,817 for his career, passing Patrick Ewing (24,815). In his 19th year, the 3-point basket is his 2,097th of his career.
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T. Ray (Antonio) Harvey is a Public Information Officer and Photographic Artist for Publicity Agents. Harvey is also the author of The HOMICIDAL HANDYMAN OF OAK PARK: MORRIS SOLOMON JR.