The Sacramento Kings were hoping to break the three-game losing streak as they took on the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. The Pacers, on the other hand, are trying to bounce back from a 114 to 96 loss in the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Sacramento Kings would play without Vince Carter (coach’s decision) last night, along with Garrett Temple (rest), Harry Giles (knee), JaKarr Sampson, and Jack Cooley. The Pacers would be without Edmond Sumner (knee), Myles Turner (neck), and Glenn Robinson III (ankle).
The Pacers would open the game up well as they shot forty-seven percent from the field, limiting the Kings to thirty percent. Thaddeus Young would score six points off of fifty percent shooting from the field. Domantas Sabonis would also put up six points while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing off two assists. Former Thunder’s guard Victor Oladipo played for the entire quarter but was only held to five points while Darren Collison was limited to just three free-throws.
As for the Kings, Bogdan Bogdanovic played for eleven minutes but was held to only four points but he did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds. He shot fifty percent while De’Aaron Fox would come off the bench to also score four points off of fifty percent shooting. Kosta Koufos came off the bench to chalk up three and two defensive rebounds as the Indiana Pacers went into the second quarter with an early 24-13 advantage.
The home team continued to impress as they go on a large 31-17 run in the second quarter, shooting a high fifty-seven percent from the field while holding the Sacramento team to thirty-five percent. Bojan Bogdanovic would heat up for ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Young ended up with five points in the quarter with three coming from beyond the arc. Oladipo continued to contribute with five points, as well, along with two assists. Sabonis would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself four points to go along with the three rebounds and three assists he collected.
On the other end of the floor, former Spurs guard George Hill would chalk up four points while collecting one defensive rebound. Bogdanovic would end up connecting for a three-pointer while giving out one assist. Zach Randolph played for eight minutes only to be held to two points and two turnovers. Willie Cauley-Stein jumped up to grab one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound to go along with the two free-throws that he made. The Kings did not give up but it was still the Indiana Pacers who enter halftime with a huge 55 to 30 lead.
The California team would look to respond in the third period as they shot forty-one percent from the field while holding the Indiana Pacers to a very low seventeen percent. Randolph would make up for his performance last quarter as he posts up eight points while collecting one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds. Hill contributed with four points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field. He did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds in the eleven minutes that he played. Cauley-Stein was held to just two points but would do some work on the boards as he grabbed one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.
Thaddeus Young would try to help the Pacers out as he scored four points with three coming from behind the arc and the other one from the free-throw line. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Maryland-native Victor Oladipo knocked down four free-throws at the line to go along with his two defensive rebounds. Domantas Sabonis and bench player Lance Stephenson would each score two points and pull down two defensive rebounds as the Indiana team still had an advantage at the end of the third, 69-48.
The Kings would take the last attempt at a comeback as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field while keeping the Pacers at only forty-two percent. Fox played the entire quarter as he got hot for twelve points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field. He also managed to record one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds, four assists, and one steal. Skal Labissiere also played the entire quarter but he was held to only six points and two defensive rebounds. Rookie point guard Frank Mason was also held to just six points while Justin Jackson would score five points with three coming from beyond the arc.
The Pacers would shut down the Kings’ attempt to come back as they finished things off in the last twelve minutes. Cory Joseph came off of the bench to record eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He would earn nine of those points from behind the three-point line as former 76ers’ forward Alex Poythress collected two three-pointers. Bojan Bogdanovic scored five points with three coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the charity stripe. T.J. Leaf played for the entire quarter as he recorded four points, two offensive rebounds, and two assists. Stephenson came off of the bench to chalk up two points, three rebounds, and four assists as the Indiana Pacers easily pull away with a 101 to 83 win over the Sacramento Kings. Bojan Bogdanovic finished the game with seventeen points, three rebounds, and four assists. De’Aaron Fox would finish with eighteen points, four rebounds, five assists, and one steal.