NBA Gameday: Kings close homestand against George, Pacers

NBA Gameday: Kings close homestand against George, Pacers

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings look to salvage the final game of their season-long seven game homestand Wednesday night when they host the Indiana Pacers at Golden 1 Center. The Kings are 1-5 over the six home games after dropping Sunday’s battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Sacramento has fallen behind by 14 points or more in each of their six home games, including a 17-point deficit against the Thunder. Coach Dave Joerger has gone with the same starting lineup four straight, featuring Darren Collison, Garrett Temple, Rudy Gay, Anthony Tolliver and DeMarcus Cousins. There is no word if he will stick with the same group against Indiana, but Ty Lawson is questionable with an ankle sprain and Omri Casspi is out with calf injury, leaving the Kings shorthanded.

The Pacers have won six of their last seven coming into Wednesday night. They are fresh off a 98-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Paul George led the way with 19 points and six assists while point guard Jeff Teague barely missed a triple-double, finishing the night with 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the win.


Pacers by 1


Rudy Gay vs. Paul George -- After missing 10-of-11 games with a hip injury, Gay has bounced back for Sacramento. The 30-year-old forward has posted 19.4 points, seven rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in his last five contests since returning to action. George is a three-time All-Star that presents matchup issues for most teams. He’s the engine that makes the Pacers go. If they can take away George, the Kings have a chance to pick up a big win before heading out for eight straight on the road.


Kings: 16-24, third place in Pacific

Pacers: 21-19, second place in Central


Kings: F Omri Casspi (left calf strain) out, PG Ty Lawson (left ankle sprain) out.

Pacers: PG Rodney Stuckey (hamstring) out.


The Kings swept the season series 2-0 last year and have a four-game win streak against the Pacers. Indiana holds a 44-39 lead over the Kings all-time and a 33-26 advantage during the Sacramento-era.


“He’s very unique - a special talent in our league. A point center, being able to handle the ball, bring the ball up, shoot 3’s. He’s a load in the paint, in the pick-and-roll, he can do anything and everything on the court. It’s a special cover, we’ll be locked in, we’ll mix up some things to guard him, but it’s going to be a tough night for us.” -Paul George on facing DeMarcus Cousins

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.