The Sacramento Kings walked into Bankers Life Fieldhouse and couldn’t miss early, but then the game got tight. The Indiana Pacers made a late charge to force overtime and the Kings couldn’t come up with a bucket when they needed it down the stretch and fell by a final of 115-111.
Paul George put up big numbers for the Pacers. The versatile wing dropped in a team-high 33 points and added three assists and two steals.
Like he did in Sacramento last week, Jeff Teague put on the jets in the second half. The speedy point guard attacked the Kings defense to finish the night with 17 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.
Second-year center Myles Turner played well down the stretch to finish with 14 points and four assists. C.J. Miles added 18 points and veteran Al Jefferson chipped in nine points off the Pacers bench.
Fresh off his third All-Star selection, DeMarcus Cousins posted his customary huge line. The Kings star big man finished the night with 26 points, 16 rebounds and five assists, but he had plenty of help.
Darren Collison started the shooting early and never let up. The veteran point guard dropped in 15 of his 26 points in the first half, hitting an impressive 10-for-17 from the field overall.
Ty Lawson provided the spark off the bench, hitting his former team for 16 points and six assists.
Arron Afflalo added 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting and played solid defense on Paul George. Kosta Koufos chipped in nine points and 12 rebounds and Anthony Tolliver hit 2-for-3 from 3-point land on his way to 10 points.
The point guards set the pace in this game for Sacramento. Both Collison and Lawson starred in their own way against a quality player in Teague.
Matt Barnes, you have some explaining to do. Just inside of four minutes to play, the 14-year NBA veteran was called for a completely unnecessary Flagrant 1 foul. Turner hit 1-of-2 at the line and the Pacers knocked in a jumper to cut Sacramento’s lead to two points. The play appeared to deflate the Kings, but they held on to force an overtime session.
Collison came up huge in the extra frame, but missed a layup inside of five seconds and the ball went out of bounds to the Pacers.
Rudy Gay underwent surgery on his left Achilles Monday in New York and is out for the season. Omri Casspi missed his seventh straight contest with a right plantaris tendon strain.
The Kings continue their season-long eight-game road trip Friday night in Charlotte against the Hornets. They return to the court Monday for an early game against the 76ers, before flying to Houston on Tuesday to play the Rockets for their third set of back-to-backs on the trip.