Pistons hold off Kings 103-97 for 3rd straight win

Pistons hold off Kings 103-97 for 3rd straight win
January 1, 2013, 10:13 pm
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AUBURN HILLS, MI - JANUARY 1: Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons handles the ball against DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings on January 1, 2013 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by J. Dennis/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons held off the Sacramento Kings 103-97 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Sacramento cut a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to one, and Detroit led 100-97 when Austin Daye made a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down with 11.5 seconds left.

Detroit has won five of six, in large part because of terrific play from its reserves. The group scored 44 points Tuesday despite losing Charlie Villanueva to a second-quarter ejection.

DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings.