The Sacramento Kings opened up a nine-point halftime lead and withstood a late rally by the Detroit Pistons. The Kings' 105-103 win is their second in as many games and keeps Detroit winless on the season at 0-5.
Detroit's starters had a solid game. Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight each scored 21 points, while Monroe pulled down 12 rebounds and dished 10 assists for the triple-double. Detroit was +8 with the starters in the game.
But the Pistons struggled with their bench players and came up just short in their comeback effort. The Kings were too tough inside and their bench was too strong.
Player of the Game: DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento
There wasn't much of a question on the player of the game in this contest. Cousins scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help guide his team to the win.
Aaron Brooks had a nice showing off the bench, scoring 11 points and adding four assists. The team was +13 during his time on the court.
Up Next for the Pistons
Detroit will attempt to get their first win on the season on Friday in Oklahoma City. The Thunder are receiving great play from Kevin Martin, who is averaging 19.3 points per game after the Thunder pulled off the major trade for James Harden.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are each averaging 20.8 points per game. Durant leads the team in rebounds with 12.3, while Westbrook is tops in assists with 7.0 per game.
Up Next for the Kings
Sacramento finishes a three-game home stand by facing off against the San Antonio Spurs. After a 4-0 start to the season, the Spurs suffered a 22-point setback against the Los Angeles Clippers.