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NBA: Udrih now has a home

SACRAMENTO -- Unwanted in San Antonio and Minnesota, Beno Udrih appears to have found a home with the Sacramento Kings.

Udrih had 23 points and six assists to help the Kings beat the Detroit Pistons 105-95 on Sunday night.

Udrih, a late preseason cut by San Antonio who came to the Kings as a backup when Mike Bibby was injured just before the start of the season, has quickly become a starter. He showed why against the Pistons, hitting 9 of 13 shots from the field and all five of his free throw attempts and fueling a strong second half by the Kings.

"I chose this team because I knew I would get an opportunity to play; I didn't get that in San Antonio," said Udrih, who played three seasons with the Spurs and owns two championship rings. "Playing regular minutes has helped my confidence. In San Antonio, I never knew how much I would play. I won't come out here if I miss one or two shots in a row."

Udrih hardly missed anything in the third quarter, when he scored 15 points, including 11 in a stretch where the Kings outscored Detroit 15-1 to take the lead after trailing by nine.

"He had an unbelievable game in the third quarter," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. "He made shots and he made plays. He's been playing extremely well for them."

But Udrih had plenty of help, as the Kings won for a second consecutive time and improved to 4-1 at home. Kevin Martin had his first sub-20-point game but still finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. Ron Artest scored 16, Brad Miller had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Mikki Moore had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points for the Pistons, who have lost two in a row. Rasheed Wallace had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Richard Hamilton scored 17, and Chauncey Billups had 14 points and nine assists.

"Our team grew up tonight playing a tough, tough team like Detroit in a grind-it-out game," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "From a confidence standpoint, winning against an upper-echelon team builds confidence."

Clinging to a 94-92 lead, Martin hit two free throws after Rasheed Wallace and Detroit assistant coach Dave Cowens drew technical fouls for arguing a call. Miller, who was fouled by Wallace on a drive to the basket, hit two more free throws to put the Kings ahead 98-92 with 2:17 left, and the Pistons never got any closer.

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