Kings keep pace with Indiana, fall at the finish line
SACRAMENTO -- The Kings aren’t going away quietly to end the 2017-18 season and the Indiana Pacers just found that out. Playing for pride, the Kings kept pushing the playoff bound Pacers. In the end, Indiana had too many weapons and came away with the 106-103 victory at Golden 1 Center.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for Indiana, but he wasn’t alone. Victor Oladipo scored 24 points and Thadeus Young chipped in 18 points and eight rebounds.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield posted big numbers, but it wasn’t enough to get Sacramento to the finish line with a win.
The battle of the Bogdanovic’ was close, but Bojan barely bested Bogi. The Pacers small forward finished the evening with 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including two makes from long range. Sacramento’s Bogdanovic droped in 21 points, three rebounds and four assists, but Indy pulled out the win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Welcome back, Willie Cauley-Stein. The third-year big has faded in the month of March, but he came to life against the Pacers, scoring 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting to go with seven rebounds, five assists and a block. He needs to continue this trend through the final six games of the season.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Like so many other nights this season, Hield caught fire. The reserve guard dropped in 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists while shooting 4-for-7 from long range.
The Kings kept it close all the way down to the final seconds. Hield dropped in a 3-ball to cut the Pacers lead to three in the final sixty seconds. He nailed two free throws to make it a one point game with 30.1 seconds remaining. Oladipo drained a triple with 17.3 remaining and the Pacers found a way to squeak it out at the line.
Garrett Temple (left ankle sprain) missed his his fourth straight game. Zach Randolph sat out as a healthy scratch. Iman Shumpert has yet to suit up for Sacramento due to knee rehab and plantar fasciitis. Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings finish their six-game homestand Saturday evening against the Golden State Warriors. They’ll hit the road for four games beginning Easter Sunday in Los Angeles against the Lakers.