Kings edge Pistons, end nine-game losing streak | Inquirer Sports

Kings edge Pistons, end nine-game losing streak

/ 03:30 PM February 27, 2021

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FILE — Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox celebrates in the closing moments of the Kings’ 113-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

De’Aaron Fox scored 27 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 110-107 win Friday over the host Detroit Pistons to end a nine-game losing streak.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, and Marvin Bagley III and Richaun Holmes each added for Sacramento. Holmes also grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds.

Jerami Grant scored a game-high 30 points, and Saddiq Bey and Dennis Smith Jr. each added 17 points for the Pistons, who have lost five of six.

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With the game tied at 101, a dunk by Barnes gave the Kings the lead with 1:08 remaining.

After a free throw by Grant, Barnes then hit a 3-pointer with 41.4 seconds left that put Sacramento up 106-102.

Detroit cut its deficit to 106-104 with 37.4 seconds left on a dunk by Josh Jackson, but Sacramento took a 107-104 lead with 11.3 seconds remaining on a free throw by Nemanja Bjelica.

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On the ensuing inbounds, Sacramento elected to foul Grant, who made two free throws with 10.6 seconds left to make it 107-106.

Sacramento took a 109-106 lead with 9.2 seconds left on a layup by Bjelica, and then the Kings again elected to foul, putting Smith on the foul line with 8.1 seconds left.

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Smith made the first and intentionally missed the second, but Sacramento got the rebound.

Barnes then split a pair of free throws 7.4 seconds left to give Sacramento a 110-107 lead.

On the next possession, Sacramento decided not to foul Detroit, which saw a game-tying 3-point attempt by Grant miss the rim and go out of bounds with 1.4 seconds remaining.

The Kings then ran out the clock.

Trailing 89-81 with 9:07 remaining in the game, Sacramento went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 91 with 6:08 left.

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Sacramento held a 69-62 lead with 6:13 left in the third quarter before Detroit responded with an 11-2 run to take a 73-71 lead with 4:08 left in the third.

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