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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT22:00 , January 22, 2020
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 13,972

New-look Kings try to snap skid against Pistons

According to STATS
According to STATS

Sacramento Kings at Detroit Pistons

  1. The Kings enter tonight on a five-game losing streak, already their third losing streak of at least five games in 2019-20. Sacramento's longest losing streak all of last season was four games, done once.
  2. The Pistons are getting 44.5 percent of their scoring from their bench this season, the highest percentage of any team in the NBA. Since December 1, Detroit is averaging an NBA-high 52.6 points per game off the bench.
  3. Marvin Bagley III has scored in double figures in all 13 games this season, and in 28 straight games dating back to last season. Sacramento, however, is just 7-21 (.250) in those 28 games.
  4. Derrick Rose has scored at least 20 points in nine straight games, one game shy of his career-best streak of 10 set from January 14 -- February 2, 2011. It's the longest streak of consecutive 20-point games by a Pistons guard since Richard Hamilton had a nine-game streak in 2009.
  5. Last game, Buddy Hield recorded his 40th game with the Kings with five or more three-pointers made, moving him past Peja Stojakovic (39) for most such games in franchise history. Sacramento is 20-20 when Hield makes at least five threes, compared to 30-9 when Stojakovic did so.
  6. The Kings won both meetings against the Pistons last season, sweeping the season series against Detroit for the second time in three seasons. Sacramento is 4-2 against Detroit over the last three seasons, though the Kings have been outscored by two points over those games (613-615).

The Sacramento Kings could have a different look when they try to snap a five-game losing streak on Wednesday night in Detroit.

The Kings acquired swingman Kent Bazemore and power forward Anthony Tolliver along with two second-round draft picks from Portland for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan.

For Tolliver, it will be a second stint with the Kings. The journeyman also played with them during the 2016-17 season.

It's uncertain whether the new acquisitions will suit up against the Pistons as the Kings continue a five-game road trip. They began the journey with a 123-101 loss in Utah, then suffered a 118-113 overtime defeat at Miami on Monday.

Sacramento led the Heat by eight points in the fourth quarter but allowed a layup in the final second of regulation that forced the overtime session.

"This is like the sixth game we had like this, up by two or up by three and lost the game," shooting guard Buddy Hield said. "It's depressing but it's basketball. You have to figure out ways to win."

The Kings also had a two-point loss to Orlando and a four-point loss to Dallas during their current slide.

"An unfortunate loss," Kings coach Luke Walton said. "Give Miami credit. They hit a lot of big shots down the stretch and into overtime."

The game on Wednesday will be the first of two meetings with the Pistons. They'll play in Sacramento on March 1.

The Kings will spend another week on the road. They'll also make stops in Chicago and Minnesota before returning home to face Oklahoma City on Jan. 29.

The Pistons had a chance to complete a sweep of a three-game road trip but lost at Washington 106-100 on Monday. Detroit's offense stalled after it scored 35 first-quarter points. The Pistons made just 10 of 32 3-point attempts and committed 17 turnovers, including nine by center Andre Drummond.

"We got out of character and turned it over and didn't move the ball the way we did the first quarter," coach Dwane Casey said. "I think in the first quarter we had 11 assists ... so the second half the ball stopped moving. Some of that was missed shots, but, you know, you can't get bored, with moving the basketball sharing the basketball, attacking the basket, kick-out, ball-playing inside out, all those things where the shooters can get a rhythm."

Point guard Derrick Rose led the team with 21 points, the ninth consecutive game in which he reached the 20-point mark. But he was frustrated by the team's defensive effort.

"We lost this game defensively," he said. "Second half, we just let them get anywhere on the court that they wanted. Turned the ball over. It was all defense tonight."

Detroit will be spending the bulk of the next two weeks at home. The matchup with the Kings begins a four-game homestand that includes games against Memphis, Brooklyn and Cleveland. After a pit stop at Brooklyn, the Pistons will return home to face Toronto and Denver.

That isn't necessarily a good thing. They have lost seven of their last eight at Little Caesars Arena.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 21, 2020

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