The Pistons ended a 13-game losing streak with Friday's 105-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the opener of a three-game western jaunt.
Andre Drummond recorded 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Jodie Meeks scored 12 points apiece. Meeks made his Detroit debut and missed the start of the season with a balky back.
"We showed a lot of resolve and came out with a great win," Drummond said.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 14 points for the Pistons, who claimed victory for the first time since Nov. 14 in Oklahoma City.
Detroit will close the trek Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 4-19 Pistons won a season best two straight from Nov. 5-7.
The Kings lost two straight and three of their last four. They opened a five- game homestand on Thursday with a 113-109 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets.
Still without DeMarcus Cousins, who will be out a while longer with viral meningitis, the Kings couldn't contain NBA leading scorer James Harden. He scored 44, including the first 10 in overtime.
"(Harden) made shots when he needed to," Kings forward Rudy Gay said. "He played great."
Darren Collison had 24 points with seven assists and Ben McLemore tallied 21 points for the Kings. Derrick Williams chipped in 17 off the bench as Sacramento committed 22 turnovers.
Jason Thompson and Gay each scored 13 points in the loss.
The Kings are 2-6 without Cousins, who leads them with 23.5 points and 12.6 rebounds. He last played Nov. 26 at Houston.
The Pistons have won three straight and eight of their last nine against the Kings. Detroit is 5-1 in its last six in California's capital city.
Smith averaged 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds against the Kings last season.