DETROIT – A promising start to a nine-game homestand went sour in a hurry for the Sacramento Kings.
They'll look to get back on track Wednesday night as they host the Detroit Pistons. Sacramento opened the home run with victories over New Orleans and Dallas but followed those up with losses to Atlanta and Golden State, allowing an average of 110.5 points in those defeats.
The Pistons fell 105-90 to Utah on Monday in the opener of a five-game West road trip.
Detroit looked sensational in putting together a 3-0 homestand, but fell apart in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's defeat in Utah. The Pistons were outscored 30-13 in the pivotal final period to drop to 3-16 away from the Palace at Auburn Hills. Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey had 29 points in defeat to extend a solid run that has seen him average 22.8 points in five March contests. A hot hand has been the catalyst, with Stuckey shooting 52.6 percent from the field this month.
Sacramento faced a Warriors team Tuesday that was reeling from the trade of scoring leader Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks, but couldn't take advantage - and that upset Kings guard Tyreke Evans.
"We thought because they didn't have Monta Ellis and stuff, we thought it was going to be easy on ourselves," said Evans, who finished with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting against Golden State. "I thought we just stopped playing. They just got whatever they wanted."
Detroit won the previous meeting between the clubs, outgunning the Kings 114-108 back on Feb. 17. The Pistons have prevailed in the last four head-to-head encounters.
Kings F-C DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 17.6 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 16 home games.
Sacramento ranks last in the NBA in points allowed (102.8) and assists (17.8).
-- Sports Data