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November 8, 2012
The Morning After: Keith Smart not satisfied with just winning

For the second consecutive game the Kings appeared on their way to a blowout victory that ended up being closer than coach Keith Smart would have liked.

The Kings beat the Detroit Pistons, 105-103, Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

Smart was happy with the win, but doesn't mean it covered up things he didn't like. There were defensive breakdowns late and the offense stalled with players standing around again.

"Sometimes it's not what you want and how you want it but they somehow found a way to win the game and we got out of there with a 'W'," Smart said after the game. "It wasn't pretty but they made the plays when it was time to make the plays and made a couple shots when we needed to make a couple of shots and won the game. But it was an ugly game for us to win."

That the Kings held on to win is good. The Kings blew several games like the Detroit game last season. But it's obvious Smart realizes fourth-quarter letdowns will cost the team against better competition than the winless Pistons.

"This team found a way to do it and that's important," Smart said. "They somehow pulled it together to make the right plays at the right time and our bench did a great job coming in the game and giving us a plus number pretty much throughout the night with different combinations."

*The Kings will wait to hear from the NBA about how long they will be without Thomas Robinson, who is facing a suspension for this elbow to Jonas Jerebko.



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