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Kings offense falls off a cliff in second half, lose to Pistons 99 to 89

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Sacramento couldn't buy a bucket in the second half, and Detroit took a commanding lead that they never surrendered.

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The Sacramento Kings dropped their 3rd straight game Tuesday in Detroit, falling 99 to 89.  Rudy Gay led the Kings with 20 points and 6 rebounds, but shot just 8-21 from the field.  Isaiah Thomas had 19 points and 8 assists, and DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high 6 blocks, but was just 5-15 from the field.

The Kings as a team fell off a cliff offensively in the second half.  At one point with 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Kings had scored just 19 points the entire half, compared to 31 points in the 1st quarter and 23 in the second.  The offensive funk even affected free throw shooting; The Kings were 12-13 from the line in the first half, but finished just 18-30.

Detroit got good contributions from several players, led by Josh Smith's 24 points and 8 rebounds on 10-17 shooting.  It was a rare game for Smith in that he hit a lot of his perimeter jumpers.  Rodney Stuckey kept the Pistons in it during the first half and finished with 23 points and 4 assists off Detroit's bench.

Turnovers continued to be a problem with the Kings as they finished with 16 to 18 assists.  Thomas and Cousins combined for 10 between them.

The Kings are now 1-3 on this 7 game road trip, and will immediately head to Philadelphia to play the Sixers.