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Pistons clamp down on Kings in 99-89 win


Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23 to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.


Andre Drummond added 15 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, outscoring DeMarcus Cousins in a matchup of two of the NBA's top young big men. Cousins had 13 points and 14 rebounds but shot 5 of 15 from the field.


Detroit trailed 54-52 at halftime but outscored the Kings 20-11 in the third quarter.


Rudy Gay scored 20 points and Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and eight assists for Sacramento.


The Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak and pulled to within three games of Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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