Blake Griffin puts on a show, Kings fall short against Pistons
THE BLAKE SHOW
SACRAMENTO -- Misfire. The Sacramento Kings came out flat against the Detroit Pistons and got run over. Blake Griffin punished the Kings from inside and outside, leading the Pistons to the 106-90 win.
Six Pistons scored in double-figures, including a game-high 26 for Griffin. Ish Smith added 18 points and Reggie Bullock burned the Kings for 17 to help snap Detroit’s 12-game losing streak on the road.
Buddy Hield led the way with his fourth straight 20-point performance. De’Aaron Fox chipped in 16 points and Justin Jackson added 15 points and four boards, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a second straight loss for Sacramento.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Sacramento had no answer for Griffin. The five-time All-Star went into attack mode in the third quarter, going through the double and triple teams that the Kings threw at him. He finished the night with 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to give Detroit their 31st win of the season.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Hield is anchoring the offense. Starting in place of the injured Bogdan Bogdanovic, Hield scored a team-high 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting. He added four dimes to go with six rebounds and two steals in the loss.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
VInce Carter scored seven points off the Kings bench, giving him 24,817 points for his 20-year career. With the buckets, the 41-year-old forward moved ahead of Hall of Fame big man Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Detroit came out with a different force to their game in the third quarter and put the Kings away early on their home floor. Griffin lit the Kings up and the rest of the Pistons roster did enough to come away with the victory.
Bogdan Bogdanovic missed the game due to left hamstring soreness. Iman Shumpert continues to miss games with knee rehab and plantar fasciitis. Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings are off for two days before hosting the Atlanta Hawks for game two of their six game homestand. They’ll see the Celtics, Mavericks, Pacers and Warriors before heading back out on the road to start April.