Kings Clutch Play Completes Comeback

In the waning moments of Tuesday’s game, Sacramento found a way to emerge victorious, 100-94.
by Shahbaz Khan
Managing Editor, Digital

It was another tale of two halves for Sacramento, who finished the contest with an impressive defensive performance. The Kings held the Pistons to just 38 points in the second half – a season low for the opposition.

An early deficit ballooned to as many as 18 as the Kings shot just 14-of-40 from the field, turning the ball over 10 times. At the break, Detroit racked up seven three-pointers, totaling their season average for a game.

Unable to form a comeback, Sactown’s third-quarter deficit stood at 15 with three minutes remaining until finally, a late run cut the Pistons lead to nine.

Kosta Koufos sparked the Kings in an early fourth quarter run, scoring all eight of his points in the frame during a three-minute span. Koufos’ play was contagious as Garrett Temple, Omri Casspi, Ty Lawson and DeMarcus Cousins stepped up to match each of Detroit’s clutch baskets in the final minutes.

With each of the Kings final four field goals being three-pointers, Sactown turned a one-time 92-89 deficit into a 98-94 advantage.

Defense sealed the deal as Lawson forced a Detroit turnover during the Pistons last-chance effort.

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