After big first half, Pistons hold off Kings 115-108

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 8:33 p.m. ET

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Marcus Morris scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made a couple big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 115-108 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

The Pistons (35-34) pulled into a virtual tie with Chicago (34-33) for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Detroit is in the middle of a nine-game homestand, and the Pistons can take a small step toward their first postseason berth since 2009 simply by winning home games against struggling teams such as the Kings.

Morris made all six of his 3-point attempts in the first half, and Detroit led 67-54 after two quarters. Sacramento rallied to tie it early in the fourth, but the Pistons didn't let this game slip away.

DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, which has lost 11 of 13.