AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Brandon Jennings scored 35 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings 114-95 Sunday for their fifth straight win.
Andre Drummond had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Greg Monroe had 14 points 11 rebounds for Detroit, which improved to 5-0 since Josh Smith was released in December. Detroit is 10-23.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
The Pistons held the Kings to 46 points on 53 possessions in the first half to build a nine-point lead. Sacramento had zero second-chance points in the half — it only had two offensive rebounds — and didn’t make a 3-pointer.
Detroit, whose winning streak has been sparked by improved shooting, made 10 jumpers in the half, including six 3-pointers.
Sacramento, cut the margin to four at the start of the third quarter, but couldn’t get any closer until Derrick Williams had a three-point play to pull the Kings to 78-77 in the last minute of the period.
Jennings, though, hit a 3-pointer at the end of the quarter. The Pistons kept hitting shots and getting stops in the fourth quarter, and pulled away for the easy win.
Kings: Rookie forward Eric Moreland underwent shoulder surgery on Saturday in Fremont, California, and is expected to be ready to play for the Kings in the summer league. Moreland only played three games this season and saw limited action in the D-League before tearing the labrum in his left shoulder.
Pistons: The crowd was small due to bad weather and the game being played at the same time as the Lions-Cowboys game, but there was a big cheer when the videoboard showed Matt Prater make a field goal to put Detroit up 20-7.
Kings: host the Thunder on Wednesday.