The Sacramento Kings came away with a 103-105 win against a winless Detroit Pistons game. The Pistons played easily their best game of the season, but could never get starting guard Rodney Stuckey going, shooting 2-6.
Greg Monroe, however had his best game this season, and perhaps the best game of his young career. Monroe tallied a triple double scoring 21 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and dishing out 11 assists. Brandon Knight added 21 points going 6-10 from the field and Will Bynum added an efficient 14 points on 4-6 shooting.
DeMarcus Cousins had a big night as well recording a double double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Perhaps Cousins’ best stat on a night when he battled with Detroit’s big men was his two fouls. Cousins didn’t pick up his second foul until late in the fourth quarter. Cousins looked like a seasoned veteran, playing with patience and poise. When Cousins allows the game to come to him, and take what defenses give him, he is almost unstoppable.
Tyreke Evans had a great all around game, scoring 15 points 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Both of the Kings guards were very effective this evening. Brooks scored 11 points and dished out 4 assists off the bench, while Isaiah Thomas scored 15 points and dished out 2 assists. Jimmer Fredette continued to silence his doubters scoring 12 points and dishing out 2 assists, but most importantly playing the final 4-6 minutes of a close fourth quarter. Jason Thompson had a very efficient 13 points on 5-6 shooting.
Rookie Thomas Robinson was ejected during the fourth quarter after an incident with Jonas Jerebko. After a 2011-12 season where Jerebko’s statistics were all career lows (except his free throw percentage), he is looking to improve his stats, and potentially play for a more regular spot in the rotation. Jerebko had been giving the rookie Robinson a hard time throughout the game, and in the fourth quarter Robinson finally had enough. Even though Jerebko is not known as a dirty player, he is a physical player.
Jerebko clearly fouled Robinson and was hooking Robinson’s left arm while pulling him back with his right hand when Robinson elbowed Jerebko in the face. Robinson clearly overreacted and allowed his emotions to boil over. He may be suspended by the league for his actions, therefore his status may not be determined for Friday’s game against San Antonio. Robinson needs to remember one thing; he is the better all around player involved in this situation and his absence from even one game has a greater effect on his team than Jerebko does to the Pistons.
The Kings play the San Antonio Spurs Friday, then travel to Los Angeles to take on their Laker rivals who are now 1-4.
Tags: Aaaron Brooks Brandon KNight DeMarcus Cousins Detroit Pistons Greg Monroe Isaiah Thomas Jason Thompson Jimmer Fredette Jonas Jerebko Los Angeles Lakers Rodney Stuckey Sacramento Kings San Antonio Spurs Sleep Train Arena Thomas Robinson Tyreke Brooks Will Bynum