Player of the game: Ty Lawson had 19 points and six assists off the bench Monday night as the Kings overcame a shaky start and ended a five-game losing streak with a 109-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
Turning point: The Kings trailed 38-28 after the first quarter, but their second unit, led by Lawson, opened the second quarter with a 16-6 run to tie the score 44-44. Sacramento outscored Detroit 37-24 in the second quarter and led 65-62 at halftime.
X-factor: Reserve Willie Cauley-Stein scored a season-high 12 points, 10 in the second quarter.
Records: Kings 17-27; Pistons 21-25
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