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Feb 8, 2024 12:50 am

Jaden Ivey propels Pistons past Kings

Pistons, Kings

Jaden Ivey scored 19 of his career-high 37 points into a brilliant fourth quarter, Marcus Sasser and Alec Burks each hit key 3-pointers late in the game and the visiting Detroit Pistons stunned the Sacramento Kings 133-120 on Wednesday night.

Jalen Duren chipped in with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who ended a three-game skid to kick off a six-game road trip.

The win was just Detroit’s seventh of the season. The Pistons hadn’t won a road game since Jan. 15 at Washington.

The Kings had thumped the Pistons 131-110 in Detroit last month.

Domantas Sabonis had a team-high 30 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Sacramento, which led 101-97 in the first minute of the fourth quarter before the Ivey took over.

The second-year guard scored six straight points to draw the Pistons even at 103-all. He then buried a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which gave Detroit a 114-109 lead with 5:54 to go.

Ivey hit another 3-pointer for a 121-113 advantage with 3:14 left. Sasser and Burks followed with three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to halt a potential Sacramento rally.

Ivey shot 13 for 23 from the floor and 5 for 7 on 3-pointers. He added seven assists and six rebounds.

Burks, who also made five 3-pointers, finished with 25 points off the bench, while fellow reserve Sasser had 18 and Ausar Thompson added 12. Killian Hayes aided the cause with a team-high nine assists to complement eight points.

The Pistons outshot the Kings 56 percent to 47.4 percent. Detroit shot 54.8 percent from beyond the arc while Kings finished at 34.1 percent.

Malik Monk added 23 points and a game-high 10 assists off the bench for the Kings.

Trey Lyles added 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Kevin Huerter scored 16 and De’Aaron Fox finished with 12 points, seven assists and three steals for Sacramento, which was coming off a 5-2 trip.

–Field Level Media

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