Sabonis, Fox lead Kings to 122-113 victory over Pistons

Dec 16, 2022, 4:40 AM | Updated: 7:34 pm
Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) drives on Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) in ...

Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) drives on Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

              Detroit Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) drives on Sacramento Kings forward Chimezie Metu (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (41) loses the ball as Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray (13) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Detroit Pistons forward Marvin Bagley III (35) is fouled by Sacramento Kings guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox, left, and Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey (23) battle for a loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray (13) shoots on Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) drives on Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph (18) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) shoots on Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph (18) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) fouls Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) drives on Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) — Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings used a dominant performance from their starters to beat the Detroit Pistons 122-113 on Friday night.

“That was a beautiful game of basketball, especially to finish a long road trip,” Kings coach Mike Brown said. “I’ve coached a lot of great players, but if (Sabonis) isn’t the hardest-working one of them all, he’s in the top three. You know what you are going to get every night from that man.”

Sacramento’s starting five outscored Detroit’s 99-66, including a 28-8 run to start the second half.

“We didn’t come out with focus or any defensive oomph,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We were standing straight up and getting mixed up on our matchups. We can’t come out with that kind of disposition. We’re developing, but we can’t be developing bad habits.”

De’Aaron Fox had 24 points and nine assists for the Kings, and Keegan Murray added 20 points. Sacramento had seven players in double figures, including all five starters.

“With De’Aaron, it isn’t just what he does on the court, but everything he says on the bench, in the locker room and in the huddles,” Smith said. “His leadership is growing in leaps and bounds on a daily basis — he’s so far ahead of where he was when I got here, and the guys gravitate to everything he says.”

Bojan Bogdanovic led Detroit with 22 points and rookie Jalen Duren added 15 points and 14 rebounds. Saddiq Bey scored 14 points and Marvin Bagley III had 13.

“(Duren) is doing a man’s job out there,” Casey said about his 19-year-old center. “He has a gift for rebounding and protecting the rim. He couldn’t ask any more of him.”

Detroit closed to 106-100 midway through the fourth, but Harrison Barnes hit a 3-pointer, stripped Bogdanovic and made a layup to put the Kings up 111-100 with 5:46 left.

The Pistons never threatened again.

Detroit led 63-55 at halftime, but the Kings started the third quarter with 28 points in just under six minutes.

“Coach reminded us at halftime that we had 24 minutes left of this trip, and 3-3 was going to feel a lot better than 2-4,” Kevin Huerter said. “We got stops in the third quarter and we got out into transition. That’s what turned everything around.”

TIP INS

Kings: Sacramento’s starters outscored Detroit’s 35-8 in the third quarter. All five starters had at least 13 points.

Pistons: The team announced Friday that Cade Cunningham had surgery to stabilize the stress fracture in his left shin. Cunningham will miss the rest of the season but is expected to be ready for training camp next fall.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host Charlotte on Monday night

Pistons: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.

___

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives as Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (11) defends during the f...
Associated Press

Young scores 27 to lead Hawks past Jazz, 115-108

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Trae Young had 27 points and six assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 115-108 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night. De’Andre Hunter scored 26 points for the Hawks. Onyeka Okongwu had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Dejounte Murray added 13 points and eight assists. Atlanta […]
1 day ago
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) shoots a three point basket as Houston Rockets forward Jae...
Associated Press

VanVleet has 32 as Raptors get 117-111 win over Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) — Fred VanVleet scored 32 points, Gary Trent Jr. added 29 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game skid with a 117-111 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday night. The Raptors took a commanding lead in the third quarter and were up by double-digits for most of the fourth. But five straight […]
1 day ago
Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons (1) shoots against Washington Wizards guard Monte Morr...
Associated Press

Blazers rally from 20 down to end Wizards’ win streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anfernee Simons scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers erased a 20-point deficit, snapping Washington’s six-game winning streak Friday night with a 124-116 victory over the Wizards. Simons made six of Portland’s nine 3-pointers in the third, and the Trail Blazers finally caught and […]
1 day ago
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is fouled as he drives to the basket against San Antonio...
Associated Press

Embiid’s double-double keys 76ers as Spurs drop 8th straight

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Joel Embiid had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat San Antonio 137-125 on Friday night, sending the scuffling Spurs to their eighth straight loss. Tyrese Maxey had 25 points and James Harden added 16 for Philadelphia, which has the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. “Tonight was […]
1 day ago
A scrum breaks out between Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic players during the second half ...
Associated Press

Fight between Magic, Timberwolves leads to 5 players ejected

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A fight broke out and punches were thrown during the game between the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Five players were ejected following the brawl, which started in front of the Orlando bench late in the third quarter. Minnesota guard Austin Rivers and Magic center Mo Bamba were the […]
1 day ago
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) stands on the ice during the NHL All Star Skills Showcase, F...
Associated Press

NHL takes skills showcase outside, McDavid shines inside

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sidney Crosby got dunked into a tank of water, Nick Suzuki holed a golf ball with a hockey stick and the NHL made hockey an outdoor sport for its skills showcase in South Florida. Two new events outside in the sun highlighted the league’s annual skills competition at All-Star Weekend, with […]
1 day ago
Sabonis, Fox lead Kings to 122-113 victory over Pistons