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January 1, 2013
In-game blog: Kings at Pistons

FINAL
Pistons 103, Kings 97

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The (11-20) Kings pulled within one in the fourth quarter but had some critical mistakes in the final minutes to lose for the 13th time in 14 road games.

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit (12-22).

The Pistons shot 52 percent for the game while the Kings were at 41.9 percent.

THIRD QUARTER
Pistons 80, Kings 67

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Pistons haven't cooled off after making 10-of-16 shots in the third quarter. Detroit is up to 55.2 percent for the game while the Kings have slipped to 42.9 percent.

*DeMarcus Cousins has 21 points, 12 rebounds and three steals for the Kings. But the offense has been a struggle since the first quarter. After 28 points in the first 12 minutes, the Kings have scored 21 and 19 points in the next two quarters.

*Brandon Knight has missed only three of his 11 shots and has 19 points for Detroit. The Kings have been outrebounded 34-24. No King besides Cousins has more than three rebounds.

HALFTIME
Pistons 58, Kings 48

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - There was plenty going on before halftime. The second quarter saw the Kings fall behind by 15 and Charlie Villauneva ejected for a flagrant foul 2 on Isaiah Thomas.

Villanueva fouled Thomas while he was airborne with four seconds left in the half. Thomas jumped up to challenge Villanueva. Thomas appeared to swing at Villanueva but was not called for a technical foul or ejected.

*The Kings shot 36.8 percent (7 of 19) in the second quarter. They've also given up 16 points off 10 turnovers.

*Thomas leads the Kings with 12 points. DeMarcus Cousins has 11 points and seven rebounds.

*Brandon Knight has 15 points for Detroit. Will Bynum had 10 pints, all in the second quarter. The Pistons are shooting 52.4 percent

FIRST QUARTER
Kings 28, Pistons 27

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Kings and Pistons are both shooting well. The Kings, however have seen their eight-point lead diminish because of turnovers. The Kings have allowed 12 points off six turnovers.

*The Kings shot 57.9 percent (11 of 19) while the Pistons shot 61.1 percent (11 of 18).

*Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 10 points. Brandon Knight had 13 points and three assists for Detroit.

*Marcus Thornton (sprained left ankle) did not dress for the game.



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