The Pistons used a 30-17 fourth quarter to run away from the Kings, but for most of the game it was at least a contest.
The Pistons went up as far as 16 points in the second quarter, threatening to make this yet another blowout win in their five game winning streak. But the Kings closed the quarter with a seven point run and kept within striking distance for most of the rest of the game, until the Pistons ran away in the fourth.
It was a swag game for Brandon Jennings as he finished with 35 points and 7 assists. He's surpassed 25 points in three of the past four games.
Greg Monroe had looked like it might be another ugly game for him, but battled back to a nice 14 points, 11 rebound line. He also played some terrific defense on DeMarcus Cousins.
The Pistons big men gave Cousins fits as he finished with 18 points on 5-17 shooting and 6 turnovers. As a whole, the Detroit defense held the Kings to just 42.7 percent shooting on the night, including only 20 percent on 15 attempts from 3.
Andre Drummond put up 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks, but he made his presence felt most down the stretch to close out the Kings.
He picked up a Caron Butler steal from Cousins for a fast break and one, which he actually converted. Then he flopped against Cousins and managed to draw the offensive foul. Next possession down was a block on Darren Collison that led to a Jennings three that was essentially the dagger.
Detroit remained hot from behind the three point line with 12 makes, and finished 49.5 percent from the field.
Each of the five wins in the streak have been by double digits, which is actually the third longest streak of double digit wins in franchise history.
Next up is one of the toughest stretches of the season with a road trip back-to-back starting Tuesday in San Antonio then Dallas, a home back-to-back starting Friday against the Hawks and Nets, then heading to Toronto on Monday to face the Raptors.
On the bright side, at least we'll get to watch a lot of Pistons basketball in the next week.
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