Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Tuesday, November 11th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 11th

Pistons 91

(5-2, 2-1 away)

Kings 97

(4-3, 3-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 11, 2003

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 17 26 27 2191
    SAC 22 28 25 2297

    Top Performers

    Det: M. Okur 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Sac: M. Bibby 23 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Bibby leads Kings with 23

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- After a terrible road trip, the Sacramento Kings got just what they needed -- a home date with an Eastern Conference team.

    Mike Bibby had a season-high 23 points and five assists and the Kings snapped Detroit's five-game winning streak, beating the cold-shooting Pistons 97-91 Tuesday night.

    The Kings, coming off a 1-3 road trip, overcame a sluggish fourth quarter to beat Detroit for the seventh straight time at Arco Arena and ninth out of 10 as they begin a stretch with 11 of 13 home games, including an eight-game homestand.

    Vlade Divac made four straight free throws to make it 88-87 with 3:07 to play and break a three-minute scoreless drought by the Kings, who briefly fell behind for the first time since the opening minutes. They shot 48.1 percent to 39.7 percent by the Pistons.

    Sacramento has won 20 straight at home against the East and 32 of its last 33.

    Divac finished with 13 points, nine assists and five rebounds, sparking the Kings late.

    "We let the lead slip away," Sacramento's Doug Christie said. "We really can't say enough about Vlade, the way he handles himself -- he can pass, dribble, and make big plays down the stretch."

    Bobby Jackson added 16 points and Christie had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Kings, who held Detroit to a franchise-opponent-low nine assists. Three others also scored in double digits for Sacramento.

    Corliss Williamson scored at 5:16 to put the Pistons up 85-84 as they fought their way back from a 15-point deficit, but they couldn't hit the big shots down the stretch.

    "I was disappointed the whole game," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "One assist in the first half. We never passed the ball. When you have nine assists, it's a poor endorsement of our game. And it's a miracle we're still in the game with three minutes to go."

    Richard Hamilton had 19 points to lead six players in double figures for Detroit, which began a four-game West Coast swing that includes games at Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix. The Pistons play nine of 13 games away from the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    They played without leading rebounder Ben Wallace because of a severely sprained left ankle. Wallace, averaging 11 points and 14.7 rebounds, hurt his ankle Friday against Milwaukee, then reaggravated it Sunday against New Jersey and told coach Brown he was in too much pain to play. Wallace stood flat-footed as he took shots before the game, making sure not to put pressure on the foot.

    The Kings were whistled for their third technical of the game with 5:57 left when Brad Miller argued with official Bernie Fryar. Miller made up for it with a three-point play with 2:31 left to make it 91-89 and also pulled down several timely rebounds.

    The Kings led by 15 in the third quarter but couldn't hold the edge.

    "We just made some mental mistakes that we shouldn't make, and if we're going to get better and start winning games on the road as well as home, we've got to defend better," Kings coach Rick Adelman said.

    Jackson hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the second quarter to help the Kings build a 34-23 lead, their biggest of the half. They shot 51.2 percent on the way to a 50-43 halftime lead.

    Sacramento was whistled for two technicals in a 34-second span -- one on Divac for arguing a foul call and the other on Adelman, though it appeared Adelman hadn't said anything. Adelman told the officials a fan had hollered something right behind him. Both technicals were called by Tony Brothers.

    "We get no respect," Divac said. "That's why we can't win a championship in Sacramento."

    The Pistons shot just 26.9 percent in the first quarter, but trailed only 22-17 thanks to nine offensive rebounds that led to seven second-chance points.

    Detroit had one assist in the first half to 13 for Sacramento.

    Game notes

    Brown knew Wallace had to be really hurting -- because Wallace is always willing to play through pain. "It's not a knock on some guys, but certain guys can't play with pain," Brown said. "They just can't do it. Others, their pain tolerance is incredible." ... The Kings haven't lost to the Pistons at home since Feb. 26, 1996. ... Kings F Peja Stojakovic had his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. ... Oakland Raiders left guard Frank Middleton attended the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 97
    FGM-FGA 31-78 (.397) 38-79 (.481)
    3PM-3PA 2-7 (.286) 4-13 (.308)
    FTM-FTA 27-35 (.771) 17-25 (.680)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-47 8-46
    Assists 9 29
    Turnovers 16 15
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 2 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 23 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Mehmet Okur Okur
    Points: 16
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Mike Bibby Bibby
    Points: 23
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0