Kings vs. Pistons final score: Detroit holds on to beat Sacramento, 103-97.

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Pistons continue their strong play of late with another home win over the Kings.

The Detroit Pistons tipped off 2013 in style with their third consecutive win after holding on to beat the Sacramento Kings, 103-97, on Tuesday night at the Palace at Auburn Hills.

After the Kings took an early lead in a high-scoring first quarter, the Pistons rallied as guard Will Bynum scored 10 of the Pistons' 31 points in the second quarter to give the Pistons control of the game and a 10-point lead at halftime. Bynum finished the game with 15 points as one of five Pistons to score in double figures.

Austin Daye also added 13 points off the bench for Detroit and came up big down the stretch as the Pistons denied Sacramento's comeback bid. With the lead down to three points in the final minute of the game, Daye knocked down a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to put the Pistons back up by six points and seal up the win.

Point guard Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 20 points while Greg Monroe added 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Center DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings with a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pistons moved to 11-22 on the season as the win was the team's fifth in their past six games. Detroit will try to maintain that winning momentum when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

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