Stuckey helps Detroit rally past KingsJan 16, 2011 - 4:44 AM Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Rodney Stuckey scored eight of his 19 points in the final 4:37, as the Detroit Pistons rallied past the Sacramento Kings, 110-106.
Tayshaun Prince added 21 points and six rebounds for the Pistons, who have won two in a row since a two-game skid.
Detroit's bench played a big part in the victory. Will Bynum chipped in with 18 points while Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva each had 16. Austin Daye added two points to give the Pistons 52 bench points.
Tyreke Evans finished with 25 points, 11 assists and five boards for the Kings, who have dropped four of five. Jason Thompson ended with 22 points and seven rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins chipped in with 14 and eight.
"That's a hard one," Kings head coach Paul Westphal said. "We did so many good things and we couldn't come away with a win because we couldn't guard them effectively, ever, during the game and they guarded us effectively in the third quarter. On top of that we shot free throws like a junior high school tonight. You have to make your free throws to win a shoot-out."
The Kings came out of the gates on fire, shooting 69.6 percent from the field in the first quarter to take a 36-27 lead.
Sacramento stayed hot in the second period with a 70-percent shooting performance. The visitors took a 70-59 margin into the break.
The Kings, though, cooled off in the locker room and shot just 26.3 percent from the floor in the third.
Detroit started the second half on a 9-2 surge to get back in the game. Prince capped the burst with a three-point play to cut the gap to 72-68 with 7:25 remaining.
Trailing by nine, 80-71, with 4:20 left, the Pistons scored the final 11 points of the third. Gordon tallied five points during the run, which Stuckey capped with two free throws to give Detroit an 82-80 edge.
Beno Udrih's layup gave the Kings a 91-90 lead with 6:12 to play. But the Pistons fought right back with a 14-5 surge.
Villanueva started the burst with a hook shot to put the home team back in front. A Bynum layup was followed by a Stuckey jumper to make it 96-91 with 4:37 to go.
Udrih made a jumper to get Sacramento within three, 96-93, but Prince responded with a jumper. Stuckey then made two free throws after Francisco Garcia turned the ball over.
Just moments later Stuckey capped the flurry with a layup to give the Pistons a 104-96 lead with 2:31 remaining.
The Kings actually got within two, 108-106, with 26.7 seconds left, but Bynum made two foul shots to seal the victory.
"We broke it down in the defensive end, at the same time we came out strong, real strong," Villanueva said. "They were making everything it seemed like. They shot 70 percent towards the end of the first half, but we turned it up and had some shots that went in."
The Pistons have won five of six over the Kings, including a 100-94 triumph in Sacramento on November 14...Pistons guard Tracy McGrady played just 10 minutes before leaving with a sore shin...Detroit was without center Ben Wallace (ankle)...The Kings fell to 3-14 on the road this season...Detroit guard Richard Hamilton was held out of the lineup for a third consecutive game as the team tries to complete a trade to send the veteran to New Jersey...Detroit made 55.8 percent of its shots, while the Kings shot 51.2 percent from the floor.
- SACRAMENTO: 106
Jan 15 10:03 PM
- SACRAMENTO: 80
End of 3rd
Jan 15 9:25 PM
- SACRAMENTO: 70
Jan 15 8:40 PM
- SACRAMENTO: 36
End of 1st
Jan 15 8:09 PM
- SACRAMENTO: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Jan 15 7:44 PM
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