Instant Replay: Second half surge propels Kings past Pistons to end skid

Instant Replay: Second half surge propels Kings past Pistons to end skid

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SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings love the drama. After trailing big and looking completely lost early, Sacramento stormed back late to shock the Detroit Pistons and snap their three game losing streak. With the 100-94 victory, the Kings improved to 16-22 on the season and kept pace with the Portland Trail Blazers in the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

DeMarcus Cousins struggled with foul trouble, but still managed to lead the Kings in most offensive categories categories. The two-time All-Star posted a team-high 24 points and added 13 rebounds and six assists.  

Anthony Tolliver continues to show that he is the answer alongside Cousins. The veteran forward opened the floor with his long range shooting, knocking down 3-for-7 from the perimeter for 17 points.

Omri Casspi has struggled to find minutes of late, but he did the dirty work against Detroit. Casspi managed to score just four points, but he crashed the boards for 10 rebounds in 17 minutes off the Kings’ bench.

Kosta Koufos provided a major spark with the second unit, dropping in 12 points, while grabbing eight rebounds. Both Rudy gay and Garrett Temple added 11 points in the win.

The Pistons have plenty of weapons. Point guard Reggie Jackson got the ball rolling, attacking the Kings interior defense. When Sacramento collapsed, Jackson found his perimeter players for open 3-pointers.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the beneficiary of Jackson’s attack. The fourth-year guard dropped in 6-for-8 from long range on his way to 21 points.

Tobias Harris chipped 18 points and big man Andre Drummond added nine points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks in the loss.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Casspi brought the noise. After sitting three straight games as a DNP-CD, the 28-year-old forward changed the game with his energy.

TURNING POINT

Sacramento came into the fourth quarter trailing by nine and then the switch was hit. They ran roughshod over the Pistons in the fourth quarter, outscoring the visiting team 32-17 in the quarter to come away with a wild six point win. Cousins 3-ball put the Kings over the top late and they held on for a big win to snap the three game skid.

INJURY UPDATE

For the third straight game, the Kings came out of a game unscathed. They have 12 healthy bodies on the roster and another three rookies stashed in Reno with the Bighorns.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Kings continue their season-long seven game homestand Friday with the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers swing by Golden 1 Center, followed by a Sunday evening matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kings select PG Frank Mason III No. 34 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft

Kings select PG Frank Mason III No. 34 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft

With the No. 34 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Kings selected the 2016-17 Player of the Year in point gaurd Frank Mason III.

Mason averaged 20.9 points and 5.2 assists per game as a senior at Kansas. 

The Kings wrapped up the 2017 NBA Draft with point guard De'Aaron Fox at No. 5, small forward Justin Jackson at No. 15, power forward Harry Giles at No. 20 and Mason at No. 34. 

Kings select PF Harry Giles with the No. 20 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft

Kings select PF Harry Giles with the No. 20 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft

The Kings again picked three times in the first round of the NBA Draft. At No. 20 overall, Sacramento selected power forward Harry Giles out of Duke.

Giles averaged 3.9 points in 26 games as a freshman at Duke. 

The 6-foot-10 19-year-old has a long history of knee injuries but was the top recruit coming out of high school by many rankings systems. 

The Kings also own the No. 34 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

Watch live analysis of the Kings' trade picks right here.