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>>caption: UDRIH (shooting) WAS
INSTANT OFFENSE FOR THE KINGS<<
@ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:
The Pistons entered the All-Star break
with another defeat, their 33rd in 51 games
so far this season.
Sacramento pulled away from the Pistons
in the last half of the 4th-Qtr for a 103-97
The KIngs have only five road wins all
season, but earned two of them in back-to-back
games Tuesday at Madison Square Garden over
the New York Knicks and Wednesday night at
The Pistons have lost five of their last six
at home, the only win in that span over NBA
punching-bag New Jersey.
It was a close contest throughout. Rodney Stuckey's layup at the buzzer gave
Detroit a 56-55 halftime lead. A Spencer Hawes put-back dunk at the end of the
3rd-Qtr brought Sacramento within 79-78 after video review confirmed the ball
was out of Hawes' hands before the quarter ended.
Kevin Martin's 3-point play with 6:35 remaining put the Kings ahead to stay
87-85. Tyreke Evans made an 8-footer and a layup to complete a 7-0 run that
gave the visitors a 91-85 margin Detroit couldn't catch. An Evans dunk with
30-sec remaining gave Sacramento a clinching 99-92 bulge.
The Kings shot 51.3% (39-of-76) from the field to Detroit's 40.7% (35-of-86).
Martin scored a game-high 26-P and reserve Beno Udrih added 22-P on a
sizzling 8-of-10 from the field including 2-of-2 on triple tries plus 4-of-4 at the
line. Udrih added a team-high 6-A. Evans and Andres Nocioni each scored 13-P.
Tayshaun Prince had his second solid game in as many nights with 23-P on
11-of-15 shooting. Stuckey had 17-P with a game-high 9-A. Rip Hamilton had
14-P, Charlie Villanueva 11-P and Jonas Jarebko 10-P. Ben Wallace (6-P) grabbed
a game-high 13-RB.
The Pistions had their brief two game win string stopped and lost for the seventh
time in their last 10.
PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER: "Udrih just lit us up. He barely played in New York
[Tuesday night], but he was great tonight. Guys like that are in the NBA for a reason,
and you have to respect them...This game can be very unkind to you at times, especially
if you don't do things the right way. And we just didn't do things the right way defensively
and offensively...It seemed like we were rushing things. These guys wanted to win so
badly tonight but sometimes when you want something so badly you end up rushing as
opposed to doing things like you did the night before."
PISTONS GD BEN GORDON: "I thought this was definitely a winnable game, and we came
out and we just did everything we possibly could to lose the game...It's disappointing,
especially with how we've been playing the last few games."
PISTONS FWD CHARLIE VILLANUEVA: "This was very disappointing. We gave them that
game...A lot of things change during an All-Star break when guys come back. Hopefully,
we will be one of those teams that can make a push."
KINGS GD KEVIN MARTIN: "Beno and Nocioni came in and gave us a spark, which is what
we needed. It was huge for our confidence to get these two wins, especially since we were
struggling on this road trip. We knew what we were up against tonight, going into the
All-Star break, but we didn't pack it in."
KINGS H-COACH PAUL WESTPHAL: "I'm very happy, because one of our problems has
been letting go of leads, and the last two nights, we've done just the opposite...We were
having a hard time playing with any energy at the beginning of the game, but Beno came
in and was very aggressive and changed the tone of the game...Our defense really stiffened
up and we actually got some stops. That's what you need to win road games in this league."
Ben Gordon had just 3-P and was 0-for-8 shooting. Hamilton was only 5-for-18
from the field.
Detroit resumes play following the break next Tuesday night at home vs Minnesota.
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