The Sacramento Kings came into this game against the Detroit Pistons having lost nine straight games. They were able to end the losing streak after beating the Detroit Pistons 110-107 in a close matchup.
With Tyrese Haliburton, one of Sacramento's best defenders, out on the second night of a back-to-back, there was a reasonable concern heading into the game.
They came out the gate with a refreshing high energy level, jumping out to an early 12-3 lead on the back of stellar shooting that would expand to 22-9.
It was a nice change to watch another team switch everything on defense for absolutely no reason. Isaiah Stewart, Svi Mykhailiuk, and Mason Plumlee stood no chance against Fox in isolation.
Holmes and Bagley were effective in the paint, and the Kings held a 35-25 advantage at the end of one.
With the entire city of Sacramento wary of a Detroit comeback, the second quarter was as expected. The Kings only scored six points in the first five minutes of the half. There were no effort issues, they actually were winning most of the 50/50 balls, but their offense became stagnant.
20 free throw attempts at the halfway mark kept Sacramento ahead, but Jerami Grant came alive in the second quarter along with Saddiq Bey shooting to cut the lead to three going into the half. 55-52.
The beginning of the third quarter was some of the ugliest basketball I have witnessed. For some reason, I don't think either one of these teams are very good at basketball.
Marvin Bagley impacted the game on the offensive end of the floor, but still was a liability on defense. With a little under five minutes in the third, the Pistons tied the game at 72.
Late in the third, Luke Walton was desperate for bench production and put Justin James into the game. That lineup consisted of:
They made Josh Jackson look good, and Detroit went into the fourth quarter leading by five. 80-75. Two total points off the bench.
Trade chip Nemanja Bjelica started the fourth with the hope of adding to that saddening number - and he did just that.
Then, it seemed like De'Aaron Fox remembered that he could do whatever he wanted against this Detroit G-League roster. He scored or assisted on nearly every possession to bring the Kings back to life after they fell down by 8.
Guess what? The defense was still horrible and Richaun Holmes getting his fifth foul with roughly four minutes remaining in the game led to Sacramento's best big being hesitant to contest shots at the rim.
Harrison Barnes absolutely cooked Mason Plumlee to give Sacramento a four-point lead with less than a minute to go.
After giving up an easy dunk, Barnes threw up a three that rimmed out and Buddy Hield tipped back in through contact.
AND IT WAS OVERTURNED, OFFENSIVE FOUL ON HIELD.
Josh Jackon gets two free throws and intentionally missed the second free throw for some unknown reason. It then became a long free-throw game.
Despite missing multiple free throws, the Sacramento Kings were able to pull out the win against the now 9-24 Detroit Pistons.
Cade Cunningham plays vs. Oklahoma tomorrow at 12:00 pm PST.