Minus 2 starters, Pistons put a dent in Kings playoff hopes as Joseph carves up ex-team
Three quick observations from Thursday night’s 113-101 win over the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center
ROAD WARRIORS – Sacramento snapped a nine-game losing streak at the Pistons expense when they came to Detroit in late February. The Pistons weren’t about to let the Kings end a four-game losing streak at their expense this time around. The Pistons won for the second time in three games on a five-game road trip, starting strong and holding off a late Sacramento push that pulled the Kings within single digits before a few big late baskets by ex-King Cory Joseph. Without two starters, Mason Plumlee (concussion evaluation) and Jerami Grant (right knee soreness), Dwane Casey fielded a new starting lineup that included Josh Jackson, Joseph and Dennis Smith Jr. with Isaiah Stewart in Plumlee’s spot and Saddiq Bey taking over at Grant’s power forward position. Sacramento the NBA’s 30th-ranked defense but the 10th-ranked offense and the Pistons held the Kings to just 44 first-half points. Joseph led the Pistons with 24 points.
OKAFOR’S BACK – It looked like Saddiq Bey bore the brunt …
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