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Detroit at Sacramento

Kings 99, Pistons 86

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kevin Martin equaled his career high with 30 points and Corliss Williamson scored 13 of his 15 in the second half against his former team, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 99-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Mike Bibby had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who won for the third time in four games and snapped a three-game losing streak to Detroit.

With center Brad Miller sidelined by a foot injury, Sacramento received an unlikely second-half boost from Williamson, who was on the Pistons' 2004 championship team but barely played for Sacramento last season.

Williamson, who also was the NBA's top sixth man with Detroit in 2002, scored six points during Sacramento's decisive run in the fourth quarter after Martin -- who also had six rebounds -- scored 14 points in the third.

Chauncey Billups scored 25 points and Richard Hamilton had 20 for Detroit, which has dropped the first two games of a four-game West Coast road trip in particularly disappointing fashion.

The Kings held Rasheed Wallace scoreless on 0-for-9 shooting in 37 minutes of action, though he grabbed 15 rebounds as the Pistons were outrebounded 50-35. Tayshaun Prince also floundered against the newly defense-minded Kings, managing just six points while going 3-for-13.

Ron Artest had 10 points and nine rebounds in his first game against the Pistons since inciting the infamous brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 19, 2004, when he was with the Indiana Pacers. Artest was suspended for the rest of the 2004-05 season for entering the stands to scrap with a fan, then was traded to Sacramento last January.

But Artest has no apparent quarrel with any Pistons now that nemesis Ben Wallace has left the club for Chicago: He exchanged warm greetings with the Detroit players before the opening tip.

Detroit opened with a horrific start, going 2-for-14 with six turnovers in the first nine minutes. Hamilton had four of the Pistons' five field goals in the first quarter, and Detroit missed 23 of its first 28 shots.

Sacramento took an early 14-point lead but also struggled, eventually falling behind before taking the lead for good on eight points in a row by Martin midway through the third quarter. The Kings opened the fourth quarter with a 15-7 run and maintained a healthy lead.

Before the Pistons beat Sacramento last season in the Kings' home opener, the Arco Arena scoreboard flashed pictures of abandoned buildings, burned-out cars, piles of rubble and other negative images of Detroit. The Kings apologized profusely for the insult, with owners Joe and Gavin Maloof taking out full-page ads in Detroit's two major newspapers.


The Kings visit the Palace on Jan. 20. ... Suge Knight, the hip-hop entrepreneur who co-founded Death Row Records, watched the game from a courtside seat. ... Pistons assistant coach Dave Cowens and Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie shared the 1971 Rookie of the Year award. ... Kings coach Eric Musselman and Pistons coach Flip Saunders coached against each other in the CBA, with Saunders' clubs beating Musselman's squads in two league finals.

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Detroit (2-3) 1128252286
Sacramento (3-2) «1821322899
DET:C. Billups 25 Pts
DET:R. Wallace 15 Reb
DET:C. Billups 4 Ast
SAC:K. Martin 30 Pts
SAC:K. Thomas 15 Reb
SAC:R. Artest 4 Ast
Players of the Game

K. Martin

C. Billups

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S. Abdur-Rahim, SF263-103-44149
C. Williamson, PF216-103-441515
J. Salmons, SG200-51-21431
R. Price, PG81-30-02233
F. Garcia, SG30-10-02000
V. Potapenko, CDid Not Play
M. Taylor, PFDid Not Play
B. Miller, CDid Not Play
J. Hart, PGDid Not Play
Q. Douby, PGDid Not Play
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