The Sacramento Kings lost a tough game to the Detroit Pistons tonight as they couldn’t overcome their poor second quarter performance. The Kings made it a close game as their comeback effort fell short against Detroit in a 103-97 loss.
Jimmer Fredette led the Kings back, and was perhaps the biggest reason Sacramento made it close in the fourth quarter. Fredette scored 13 of his 14 points in the final period, and hit several clutch shots to make the game close.
DeMarcus Cousins had a big game with a double double with 14 rebounds and 21 points. Cousins was very effective slowing down the Pistons big men, and scoring in several ways.
Both the Kings and the Pistons had five players in double digit scoring tonight, but the Kings couldn’t find any consistent scoring for most of the game from anyone other than Cousins. Fredette finally started to come alive in the fourth, but with the Kings trailing by 14 points, it was too little too late.
The Kings travel to Cleveland tonight as they prepare to take on the Cavaliers for the first of two regular season meetings between the two teams. The Kings will need to take what they can from tonight’s loss, and use it to get back into the win column.
Sacramento is 1-4 in the first games of back to back games, and 2-3 in the second game. The Kings failed to record 20 assists against the Pistons, and have to get back to moving the ball and making easy passes. Sacramento shot 9-26 from three point range for 34.6 percent and will need to find a way to shoot more efficiently from three point range.