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Griffin's big third quarter helps Pistons top Kings 106-90

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) After nearly two months, Blake Griffin finally looks comfortable playing with Detroit, and it's showing up across the board.

He's even got the Pistons winning on the road again, something that hadn't happened since the five-time All-Star arrived in late January after being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Griffin had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Detroit pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 106-90 on Monday night.

''I'm much more settled in now,'' said Griffin, who has scored 20 or more points in 12 of his 21 games with the Pistons. ''The team and the organization has been phenomenal in making me feel as at home as possible. It's happening. It's just a slow process for me.''

Ish Smith had 18 points, Reggie Bullock added 17 and Anthony Tolliver scored 12 points behind three 3-pointers - one of three Pistons with a trio of 3s. Andre Drummond had just four points but pulled down 16 rebounds to help Detroit end its three-game losing streak.

The Pistons won on the road for only the 10th time this season and the first time since Jan. 10 - nearly three weeks before acquiring Griffin.

''He's just a really, really good player,'' Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''Whatever problems we have have not been because of him at all. His attitude has been great, his play has been great. When we get healthy and get the right people around him, it's going to be a good team.''

On a night when the Kings' Vince Carter had seven points to move past Patrick Ewing into 22nd place on the NBA's career scoring list, Griffin led Detroit to the lopsided win with another in a string of big games this month.

Griffin scored on a spinning layup, a 3-pointer and a drive from the top of the key to spark a 13-4 run in the third quarter. He later drove around a pair of defenders for a two-handed dunk then added two free throws to put Detroit up 70-61.

It's the seventh time in the last 10 games that Griffin has scored 24 points or more.

''I just tried to attack them on certain spots,'' Griffin said. ''I forced certain shots. Our offense was just pretty good.''

Bullock made a pair of 3s in the fourth quarter to extend the Pistons lead to 98-76.

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 20 points for the Kings. De'Aaron Fox added 16 points and four assists while Justin Jackson had 15 points.

''We were a step slow tonight,'' Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. ''We talked about it this morning that it had a high probability of being a letdown game but it was a tough game for us. It's that type of game we (have to) let roll off of us.''

Carter, the 41-year-old former dunk champion, had a thunderous one-handed jam to spark a 9-2 run early in the second quarter then added a 12-foot fadeaway later to put the Kings up 35-33. Carter later made a 3-pointer in the third quarter to pass Ewing.

''On one where we didn't rotate properly,'' Van Gundy said with a grin. ''Vince can give us credit for that and Pat's probably (ticked) at me right now.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: Detroit won in Sacramento for the first time since Dec. 13, 2014. . Reggie Jackson continues to make steady progress and could resume playing this week after missing more than two months with a severely sprained right ankle.

Kings: Sacramento missed eight of its first nine shots but still shot 40 percent in the first quarter. ... Bogdan Bogdanovic (sore left hamstring) did not play for the first time since missing the first three games of the season because of a sore ankle.

FRANCHISE LOW

The Kings made only four free throws, tying their franchise record for fewest in one game.

QUOTABLE

''Vince's career has been amazing. He's slowed down a little bit but he's still playing at a pretty damn high level for a guy that's been in the league this long. He's not jumping over buildings now. He's just playing the game on intelligence, toughness and everything else. One of my favorites.'' - Van Gundy, who coached Carter for two seasons in Orlando.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Play at Phoenix on Tuesday.

Kings: Host Atlanta on Thursday.

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Key Players
B. Griffin
23 PF
Z. Randolph
50 PF
25.7 Min. Per Game 25.7
14.7 Pts. Per Game 14.7
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
6.8 Reb. Per Game 6.8
43.3 Field Goal % 47.3
43.3 Three Point % 47.5
78.7 Free Throw % 78.5
  Defensive rebound by James Ennis III 0:12
  Buddy Hield missed jump shot 0:14
+ 1 Anthony Tolliver made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:36
  Team rebound 0:36
  Anthony Tolliver missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:36
  Shooting foul on Skal Labissiere 0:36
  Out of bounds turnover on Skal Labissiere 0:56
+ 3 Ish Smith made 3-pt. jump shot 1:08
+ 2 De'Aaron Fox made driving layup, assist by Buddy Hield 1:27
+ 2 Luke Kennard made fade-away jump shot, assist by Blake Griffin 1:38
+ 3 Justin Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by De'Aaron Fox 1:56
Team Stats
Points 106 90
Field Goals 37-79 (46.8%) 40-88 (45.5%)
3-Pointers 14-29 (48.3%) 6-23 (26.1%)
Free Throws 18-22 (81.8%) 4-9 (44.4%)
Total Rebounds 50 49
Offensive 6 8
Defensive 38 31
Team 6 10
Assists 17 23
Steals 6 7
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 9 13
Fouls 11 21
Technicals 1 0
26 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST
20 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Pistons 31-39 25192933106
home team logo Kings 23-49 2123222490
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 31-39 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Kings 23-49 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
B. Griffin PF 19.8 PPG 6.6 RPG 6.2 APG 43.3 FG%
B. Hield SG 13.5 PPG 3.8 RPG 1.9 APG 44.6 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Griffin PF 26 PTS 9 REB 7 AST
B. Hield SG 20 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
46.8 FG% 45.5
48.3 3PT FG% 26.1
81.8 FT% 44.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 36 26 9 7 0 1 1 0 9/18 3/5 5/6 1 8 49 +14
I. Smith 34 18 4 2 2 1 1 2 7/10 2/3 2/2 0 4 28 +13
R. Bullock 31 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 7/13 3/6 0/0 0 0 21 +15
S. Johnson 25 11 4 1 3 0 0 1 3/8 1/3 4/4 0 4 20 +12
A. Drummond 30 4 16 2 0 3 3 3 2/7 0/0 0/2 2 14 24 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 36 26 9 7 0 1 1 0 9/18 3/5 5/6 1 8 49 +14
I. Smith 34 18 4 2 2 1 1 2 7/10 2/3 2/2 0 4 28 +13
R. Bullock 31 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 7/13 3/6 0/0 0 0 21 +15
S. Johnson 25 11 4 1 3 0 0 1 3/8 1/3 4/4 0 4 20 +12
A. Drummond 30 4 16 2 0 3 3 3 2/7 0/0 0/2 2 14 24 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Tolliver 28 12 4 1 0 0 1 3 3/8 3/6 3/4 1 3 17 +6
L. Kennard 27 10 1 0 1 0 2 0 4/8 2/4 0/0 0 1 10 +5
D. Buycks 13 4 3 0 0 0 1 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 2 6 +3
J. Ennis III 13 4 3 2 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 4/4 1 2 11 0
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moreland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Galloway - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nelson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 106 44 17 6 5 9 11 37/79 14/29 18/22 6 38 186 +80
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 32 20 6 4 2 0 4 2 8/15 3/6 1/1 0 6 32 -16
D. Fox 31 16 3 4 0 0 3 3 8/11 0/0 0/3 0 3 24 -14
J. Jackson 30 15 4 1 1 0 0 2 7/9 1/2 0/0 0 4 22 -13
W. Cauley-Stein 30 9 6 5 0 0 1 3 4/8 0/0 1/2 1 5 24 -11
Z. Randolph 15 4 2 3 0 0 0 1 2/8 0/1 0/0 1 1 12 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 32 20 6 4 2 0 4 2 8/15 3/6 1/1 0 6 32 -16
D. Fox 31 16 3 4 0 0 3 3 8/11 0/0 0/3 0 3 24 -14
J. Jackson 30 15 4 1 1 0 0 2 7/9 1/2 0/0 0 4 22 -13
W. Cauley-Stein 30 9 6 5 0 0 1 3 4/8 0/0 1/2 1 5 24 -11
Z. Randolph 15 4 2 3 0 0 0 1 2/8 0/1 0/0 1 1 12 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Labissiere 25 10 5 1 1 2 2 3 4/10 0/1 2/2 2 3 18 -2
V. Carter 17 7 1 0 2 1 2 3 3/6 1/4 0/0 1 0 9 -3
F. Mason III 15 7 5 2 1 0 1 1 3/8 1/3 0/1 3 2 16 -1
G. Temple 23 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1/10 0/6 0/0 0 2 4 -4
K. Koufos 17 0 5 3 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 5 11 -5
B. Caboclo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bogdanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 90 39 23 7 3 13 21 40/88 6/23 4/9 8 31 172 -80