Kings-Pistons: Rodney Stuckey Too Much for Sacramento, Detroit Wins

Jason Coldiron@@tweetme1979Correspondent IJanuary 2, 2009

Tonight the Sacramento Kings (8-24) visited the Detroit Pistons (19-11).

The Pistons were playing without the injured Rasheed Wallace and Rip Hamilton.

The Kings had Kevin Martin back for his second straight game.

The story of the night was the unstoppable Rodney Stuckey. He carried the Pistons to a 98-92 win and scored 38 points with seven assists along the way. Over the course of the game, the Kings would try four different defenders on Stuckey, but he would not be denied.

Tayshaun Prince and Allen Iverson added 23 points each.

The Pistons dominated the boards in the first quarter and led 29-18. The Kings hit the boards hard in the second quarter and got back in the game, making it 42-38 at the half. Stuckey led the Pistons at the half with 16 points. John Salmons led the Kings with 12 points of his own.

In the third quarter, the Pistons made a push and tried to run away from the Kings. They didn’t quite do that, as Sacramento survived. Going to the fourth quarter, the score was 73-66.

Tayshaun Prince played a lot of point guard for the Pistons in the third. The Kings countered with Martin and Garcia, who played very well together.

In the fourth quarter, it was all Stuckey, all the time. The Kings would get within four points with two minutes left, but that’s as close as it got.

The Kings were led by Brad Miller’s 25 points and 16 rebounds.

Kevin Martin shot just 4-for-15, but still scored 20 points thanks to going 12-for-12 from the free throw line. While he doesn’t really have his jump shot back yet, he has had success attacking the rim.

The Kings play at the Pacers tomorrow night, who beat the Knicks tonight.