Sac 89
Det 99
Date of game: 3/11/2014

Sacramento Kings (22-41) at Detroit Pistons (24-39), 7:30 p.m. (ET)

( - If the Detroit Pistons plan on getting into the playoff mix, they have to start getting their act together.

The Pistons have lost three straight, seven of eight and 10 of their last 12 games, and are back at The Palace of Auburn Hills Tuesday to host the Sacramento Kings.

Detroit dropped a 118-111 decision its last time out at Boston on Sunday, as the Celtics made 10-of-31 3-pointers and committed only seven turnovers. They scored 22 points off 16 Detroit miscues.

"We gave them too many easy baskets," Pistons head coach John Loyer said.

The Pistons were led by Josh Smith's 28 points on 12-of-24 shooting and he is averaging 18.7 ppg in the last three. Smith also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Greg Monroe had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons. Monroe is posting an average of 23.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in his previous three games.

Andre Drummond chipped in a double-double of his own with 18 points and 22 rebounds in defeat. He has grabbed 20 or more rebounds five times this season and is having a productive 2013-14 campaign. Drummond is first in the NBA with 5.4 offensive rebounds and has 343 total on the season, the most for Detroit since Dennis Rodman grabbed 361 offensive boards in 1990-91.

The Pistons are 14-20 at The Palace this season and rank first in points in the paint (53.0) and second in fastbreak points (18.1). They are 3 1/2 games behind for a playoff spot in the weak East.

Sacramento will resume a seven-game road trip Tuesday and fell to 1-2 on the trek with Sunday's 104-89 loss at Brooklyn. The Kings won the opener of this junket in Milwaukee, then lost at Toronto and to the Nets.

Marcus Thornton scored 27 points off the bench against his former team to lead Brooklyn, while DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings with 28 points and 20 rebounds. Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 and 10 points, respectively, for Sacramento, which dropped to 9-22 on the road and committed 25 turnovers for 28 Brooklyn points.

The Kings trailed by 23 at one point, 93-70, and never recovered.

"I don't think we were ready to play tonight," said Kings coach Mike Malone. "We were able to cut it to nine at halftime, which was a gift because it wasn't a nine-point game if you watch that half."

Cousins recorded his fourth career 20-point, 20-rebound effort and has scored at least 20 points in five straight games, averaging 23.4 ppg in that time. Gay has done the same in seven of the previous nine contests (22.9 ppg).

Sacramento, losers in five of seven games overall, still has Philadelphia, Chicago and Minnesota to play on the trip. The Kings lost to the Pistons 97-90 at home on Nov. 15 and were led by Cousins' 26 points and 13 boards.

Detroit has won seven of eight and nine of the last 11 meetings with Sacramento, which has lost three straight at The Palace.

Oklahoma RB Ford suspended indefinitely

Oklahoma running back Keith Ford has been suspended indefinitely for violating academic and team rules, Sooners coach Bob Stoops confirmed Monday.

NASCAR changes qualifying format for Daytona, Talladega

Qualifying for NASCAR national touring series races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway will no longer feature a pack of cars running together.

Mariners release P Correia

The Seattle Mariners granted pitcher Kevin Correia his unconditional release Monday, one day after assigning the veteran to minor league camp.

Rockets' Beverley to miss rest of season

Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will undergo surgery on his injured left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced Monday.

Wild ink Hoffman, Palmquist

The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms on entry-level contracts with goaltender Brody Hoffman and defenseman Zach Palmquist on Monday.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.