Sacramento (36-13) at Detroit (33-20)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Wed Feb 11, 2004
  • TV: KXTV, WKBD
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The Detroit Pistons hope to avoid bringing a five-game losing streak into the All-Star break as they host the Western Conference-leading Sacramento Kings.

Detroit built a 13-point lead after one quarter Tuesday night, but couldn’t protect it and lost 89-78 to New Jersey for its fourth straight loss.

“We’re just flat out not getting it done,” said Pistons All-Star Ben Wallace, who had 13 points and 12 rebounds. “We came out in the first quarter and played pretty decent. After that, everything was down hill.”

Chauncey Billups had 23 points and Richard Hamilton added 19 for the Pistons, whose performance did not please coach Larry Brown.

“We didn’t have a lot of guys matching their energy. That’s my responsibility,” Brown said. “I never thought I’d have to coach effort. It seems to me in a lot of games, we have to coach effort.”

Sacramento posted a 124-117 at Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Peja Stojakovic scored 31 points and sank all four of his free throws in the final 20 seconds to help the Kings hold on.

“Amazing offensive game,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said.

Brad Miller scored 21 points, while Mike Bibby added 24 points for the Kings, who have won four straight road games and are 13-9 away from their home court.

Sacramento is one of only three Western Conference teams to have a winning road record, joining Minnesota and San Antonio.

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