The Indiana Pacers are 3-3 since losing Victor Oladipo to a knee injury, losing recently to the Los Angeles Lakers, 104-96. They will look to get back on track as they battle the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center. The Kings, on the other hand, are trying to end a three-game losing streak, their largest losing streak this season.
The Pacers and the Kings have clashed with each other a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Pacers won 48 games while the Kings were limited to 39 victories. This event will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. Last season, the Pacers swept the Kings in the season series, 2-0.
-Victor Oladipo (knee; 21.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 34.5 3P%, 71.2 FT%)
-Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.2 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Kyle O’Quinn (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Edmond Sumner (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%, 0.0 FT%)
-Alize Johnson (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 FT%)
-Davon Reed (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Yogi Ferrell (coach’s decision; 5.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.8 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Harry Giles (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 44.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 41.7 FT%)
-Frank Mason III (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.0 APG, 38.5 FG%, 17.6 3P%, 72.7 FT%)
-Ben McLemore (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 30.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%, 0.0 FT%)
-Skal Labissiere (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 46.2 FG%, 20.0 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-Wenyen Gabriel (G-League)
-Marvin Bagley III (back; 13.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 0.9 APG, 51.0 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 64.8 FT%)
Despite the Sacramento Kings shooting only forty-seven percent from the field while the Indiana Pacers shot sixty-one percent, the game would be kept extremely close. Bojan Bogdanovic ended up scoring thirteen points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter. Both Myles Turner and Tyreke Evans dropped ten points each as Turner pulled down seven defensive rebounds. As for Evans, he was able to knock down two three-pointers. 2013-2014 NBA Champion Cory Joseph played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer late in the first period.
On the other end of the court, Buddy Hield chalked up eleven points while shooting fifty percent. He had two three-pointers in the process while recording one rebound and three assists. Willie Cauley-Stein helped out with ten points while pulling down seven rebounds and giving out two assists. Former Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Nemanja Bjelica had eight points while De’Aaron Fox was limited to just five points. Bogdan Bogdanovic played thirteen minutes off the bench as he chalked up nine points but the Pacers would go into halftime with a tight 60 to 58 lead.
Both teams would come out of the locker room on fire as the Pacers completed forty-six percent of their shots taken while the Kings shot forty-two percent from the field. Bojan Bogdanovic continued to add to his scoring total as the put up fourteen more points which included a trey in the fourth quarter. Thaddeus Young contributed with six points, as well as Darren Collison. Collison earned all of his points from beyond the arc, though, while Myler Turner had four points.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored eleven points off the Sacramento bench while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, and one steal. Fox helped out with ten points but only shot thirty-three percent from the field. Cauley-Stein had seven points while pulling down six rebounds, dishing off one assist, and committing one steal.
With one minute and thirty-two seconds remaining in the game, the Pacers would be holding onto a 107 to 105 lead. But Willie Cauley-Stein would finish an alley-oop pass from Bogdanovic to tie the game up at 107 apiece. The Indiana Pacers would respond as Darren Collison drills a three-pointer to take a commanding 110 to 107 lead. But with thirty-five seconds left on the clock, Fox would make a running layup off of a fast break to bring the home team within one. After a couple of possessions, the Kings would call a timeout. Out of the timeout, Cauley-Stein would take the ball and slam it home to give the Kings a one-point lead. The Pacers would have a chance to respond but end up committing a jump ball violation turnover, allowing the Kings to secure the win, 111-110.
THE FINAL RESULTS:
Bogdan Bogdanovic finished the game with twenty points, two rebounds, six assists, and a season-high two steals for the Sacramento Kings. Bojan Bogdanovic settled for a season-high twenty-seven points, along with three rebounds, and two steals for the Indiana Pacers.
The Indiana Pacers will host Zach LaVine (24.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.8 APG, 43.0 FG%, 30.3 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (5-18) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The game will mark the second of four times that the Pacers and Bulls will play each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on November 2 when the Pacers slipped away with a 107 to 105 win. During that game, Victor Oladipo scored twenty-five points, grabbed fourteen rebounds, gave out five assists, committed two steals, and blocked one shot while Antonio Blakeney finished with twenty-two points and three boards.
The Sacramento Kings will head over to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 7.0 APG, 44.0 FG%, 31.7 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (4-18) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. This will be the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season. Last season, the Suns won the regular season series, 3-1.