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>>caption: HAMILTON RIPPED THE
KINGS FOR A 30-P EFFORT<<
@ SACRAMENTO, CA:
The Pistons had a rare laugher late
night Tuesday with a 101-89 win at
Sacramento in the opener of a four
game western road trip.
Rip Hamilton scored 14 of his game-
high 30-P in the defining 3rd-Qtr, almost
half of Detroit's 29-P in that period.
The Pistons trailed only three times
in the 2nd-Qtr and never by more than
two points. After holding a 14-P lead in
the 1st-Qtr and by a dozen (54-42) at
the half, Hamilton keyed the 3rd-Qtr
Detroit outburst that built the bulge to
as many as 30-P (83-53) when Hamilton fed Charlie Villanueva for a 3-pointer with
1-min to play before the final frame.
Only a 31-18 Kings advantage in 4th-Qtr garbage time allowed the final score to
look somewhat respectable.
Tayshaun Prince added 22-P for Detroit. Rodney Stuckey had 13-P with team-highs
of 8-RB & 7-A. Villanueva and Ben Gordon both scored 11-P off the Piston bench.
Tyreke Evans scored 28-P and added a career-high & game-high of 13-A for
the Kings. Making his Sacramento debut after last week's 3-team, NBA trade
deadline deal, former Houston Rocket Carl Landry scored 18-P.
The Pistons won their second straight and third of five since the NBA All-Star
break. Detroit is 21-35 overall including 7-19 on the road.
Struggling Sacramento lost its fifth in a row and 23rd-of-27 to fall to 18-39.
The last Kings win was over Detroit in Auburn Hills in Sacramento's last game prior
to the All-Star break.
PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER: "I thought we did a nice job in the first half
extending the lead...In the beginning of the third period I thought we were outstanding.
We were making shots and getting stops. That was the thing that I thought was impressive.
Tayshaun Prince I thought had a great flow. Rip Hamilton started to get it going in the third,
he was on fire. It's the little things that are important. [Rodney] Stuckey got all of the
difficult loose balls and big rebounds...He had eight rebounds, seven assists and shot the
ball at a decent percentage. Those three guys did a great job."
PISTONS FWD TAYSHAUN PRINCE: ""We just have to get off to a good start, especially
the first game of a West Coast trip. We all know how it can go if you lose the first game.
We had good rhythm on the perimeter. We came out of the gate early. They responded
towards the end of the first quarter. We did some good things offensively. Great floor
game and there were different opportunities for guys on the floor. We just helped each
other out on the defensive end, got some steals and were able to get in attack mode."
KINGS GD TYREKE EVANS: "We were playing good until the second half came and
Rip Hamilton got going. He put up some jump shots and that got him going...We tried
to get some stops, but we just didn't have an answer for them tonight...It is frustrating."
KINGS FWD CARL LANDRY: "We lost, but at the same time I think that we are making
improvements. We did a good job of trying to come back at the end of the game, but
we can't let ourselves get down by 35, 40 points. We did a good job of fighting back.
We are young and we have to keep working. We have a great group of talent and we will
get better everyday...Every field session, every practice and every game I am still
learning [after joining a new team]."
Tuesday's Piston win was its second straight at Arco Arena, a place where
Detroit had lost 10 of the previous 11.
After resigning as CEO of the Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment
last week, Tom Wilson was named to a similar post Tuesday for a yet unnamed
enterprise for the Ilitch organization. Wilson is expected to oversee the sports
and entertainment properties owned by the Ilitch Family and oversee either the
building of a new hockey arena or the renovation of Joe Louis Arena for the Red
At the end of the road trip Piston head coach John Kuester will leave the team
to attend a memorial service in Richmond, VA for his father next Monday. Kuester's
father passed away Saturday at age 89.
The Pistons visit the LA Clippers late night Wednesday.
The Kings waived guard Larry Hughes Tuesday. Hughes was acquired from the
New York Knicks in last week's 3-team trade that also brought Landry from Houston.
Hughes did not suit up for Sacramento prior to getting cut.
Sacramento CEN Spencer Hawes watched the game in street clothes, placed inactive
by head coach Paul Westphal after publicly complaining about playing time.
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