Pistons pound Kings in Artest’s return to Palace
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton led a balanced attack
with 19 points, and the Pistons used strong defense to post a 91-74 victory
over the Sacramento Kings in Ron Artest’s return to the Palace of Auburn
Artest was a member of the Indiana Pacers when the infamous brawl took place
on November 19, 2004. That contest turned into an out-of-control melee. NBA
Commissioner David Stern showed no mercy as he suspended Artest for the
remainder of the 2004-05 campaign for his part in the brawl and also penalized
other key figures in the incident for a significant amount of time.
Artest ended with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists Saturday night, as
the Kings were held to their fewest total of the season in their eighth defeat
in nine games.
Tayshaun Prince added 17 points for Detroit, which has won back-to-back games
for the first time since a five-game winning streak, December 16-26. Antonio
McDyess had 12 points and Chris Webber contributed 11 points and 10 boards in
his second start in a Pistons uniform.
Corliss Williamson had 17 points to lead Sacramento, which was held to 35.5
percent from the field.
McDyess’ layup capped eight straight points by the Pistons for a 22-10 lead
before the Kings scored the final two points of the quarter.
A McDyess jumper extended Detroit’s advantage to 31-14 with 9:42 remaining in
the half, and it started to become a rout when Rasheed Wallace’s jam made it
41-19 with under five minutes remaining in the half.
Detroit’s lead stood at 48-34 at the break, but Artest’s jumper pulled the
Kings within 49-39. The Pistons then pulled away for good, ending the quarter
on an 18-3 spurt for a 75-49 bulge.
The Pistons used reserves almost the entire final quarter.
Mike Bibby had 11 points and just two assists for the Kings. He has 4,000
assists for his career. In the last meeting between these teams, a 99-86 Kings
win, November 8 at Sacramento, Bibby surpassed the 10,000-point mark for his
career…Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Todd Jones was in attendance.