NBA: Kings mount late rally to dispatch Pistons


De’Aaron Fox put up a game-high 33 points, Kevin Huerter contributed a pair of 3-pointers to a late rally and the Sacramento Kings won their sixth straight game Sunday afternoon, outlasting the visiting Detroit Pistons 137-129.

Huerter finished with 24 points and Harrison Barnes 27 for the Kings, who completed a four-game sweep at home against Golden State, Brooklyn, San Antonio and Detroit.

Rookie Jaden Ivey had 24 points to pace the Pistons, who lost their seventh straight, including their third in a row to begin a six-game Western swing.

The tightly contested game saw the Pistons go up 117-110 on a Cory Joseph 3-pointer with 8:15 to go and retain a 124-119 advantage after two Marvin Bagley III free throws at the 5:27 mark before the Kings took charge.

First, Huerter followed a Fox dunk with a 3-pointer to draw the Kings even for the first time in the fourth quarter at 124-all with 3:23 to go.

Then, after Ivey sandwiched a Barnes dunk with a free throw and short-range hoop to put the visitors back on top by one, Huerter buried two- and 3-point hoops and Fox added a 18-footer in a 7-0 burst that opened a six-point lead in the final minute.

Fox and Barnes swished a pair of game-clinching free throws after that, capping Sacramento’s third consecutive game with at least 130 points.

Fox complemented his 33 points with a game-high-tying seven assists for Sacramento, while Domantas Sabonis matched that assist total while recording a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Keegan Murray was the fifth King in double figures with 13 points on a night when the hosts shot 55.3 percent from the field and enjoyed a 31-20 advantage in points at the free-throw line.

Ivey’s 24 points were two off his season high, which he set last week against Boston. He made eight of his 14 shots, helping the Pistons nearly keep pace with the Kings with 52.8-percent shooting.

Six other Pistons scored in double figures, with Bojan Bogdanovic going for 21 points, Alec Burks 16, Bagley 15, Jalen Duren 12 with a team-high eight rebounds, Joseph 12 and Kevin Knox II 11. Killian Hayes chipped in with a team-high six assists to complement nine points.

–Field Level Media

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