After three straight road losses to open the season, the Sacramento Kings are back home, where a sign in their locker room reminds them not to panic: ''Relax, it's only November.''
November might turn out to be a pleasant month after all for the young Kings, who demonstrated no panic Wednesday night in winning their second straight tight game.
DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help Sacramento hold off the winless Detroit Pistons for a 105-103 victory.
A year ago, in a shortened NBA season, the Kings opened 4-10 and never got themselves headed in a positive direction. That cost coach Paul Westphal his job early in the season and the Kings finished 22-44 overall after Keith Smart took over.
Smart has posted positive reminders throughout the locker room, and the ''relax'' sign resonates with second-year point guard Isaiah Thomas.
''When we started 0-3 it was a reminder for us to relax,'' said Thomas, who was one of seven Kings in double figures with 15 points. ''It...