Hield scores 18 as Kings defeat Griffin-less Pistons 112-102

Published 12:39 a.m. ET Jan. 11, 2019 | Updated 1:23 a.m. ET Jan. 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings won the battle behind the 3-point line and never trailed in a victory against the Blake Griffin-less Detroit Pistons.

Buddy Hield scored 18 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and the Kings went 9-of-22 on 3-pointers in a 112-102 victory Thursday night against the Pistons, who came into the game as the NBA’s best team at defending 3-point shots.

Iman Shumpert had 13 points and De’Aaron Fox added 12 points and six assists for the Kings, who had lost five of six.

Stanley Johnson had 16 points off the bench, Reggie Bullock and Bruce Brown each had 15 points, and Andre Drummond had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four straight and 9 of 11.

Griffin, Detroit’s scoring leader, got the night off after playing 37 minutes Wednesday night in a 113-100 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers. He did not have a rebound in that game, the first time that had happened in his eight-year pro career.

Kings coach Dave Joerger said Cauley-Stein’s ability to run the floor against Drummond was a key to the win.

“We were the fresher…

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