The Detroit Pistons, on the second night of a back-to-back, came out feeling fresh and crisp against the Sacramento Kings by draining nine of their first 11 shots from the field. The ball was moving around like a well-oiled machine and everyone was in the groove.
However, the Pistons defense left a lot to be desired at times, and the Kings took advantage by ripping the nets to the tune of 57 percent shooting in the first half. The Pistons found themselves up just three at the break.
Pistons got to work in the third quarter, however, outscoring the Kings by eight on the backs of Andre Drummond, Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris.
The Kings never quite went away, though, hitting just enough looks to keep things interesting. Eventually, Detroit was able to take firm control in the second half.
In the fourth, Ish Smith did pretty much anything he wanted. Ish made Kings backup rookie point guard Frank Mason III look like, well, a rookie. Luke Kennard even saw some decent minutes in the half and made a couple heady plays. Pistons fans would like to see more time from Luke, to put it mildly.
Bradley led the team in scoring with 25 on 10-of-15 shooting. Drummond continued his strong play with his 92nd career 15-point, 15-rebound game. Zach Randolph paced the Kings with 19 points in 30 minutes.
The now 7-3 Pistons have three days off before playing the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday evening at Little Caesars Arena.