SACRAMENTO -- Snapped. After losing three straight games, the Sacramento Kings battled a scrappy Indiana Pacers team Saturday evening at the Golden 1 Center and somehow found a way to win down the stretch.
Willie Cauley-Stein flew in for a two-handed putback with seconds remaining and the Pacers' Bojan Bogdanovic missed a late jumper as the Kings escaped with the 111-110 win.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings move back to .500 on the season at 11-11.
Battle of the Bogdanovic's
Bogdan and Bojan Bogdanovic (no relation) were the stars of the night for the their respective teams.
In Thursday's loss to the Clippers, Bogdan set a new career-high with 26 points while playing a super-sixth man role. Clearly he’s getting comfortable coming off the bench.
Against the Pacers, he backed up that outburst with 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting and chipped in six assists in the win.
Bojan led the way for Indiana, finishing the game with 27 points on 10-for-19 shooting, but his last-second miss cost the Pacers a chance at victory.
Buddy Hield is known for catching fire from the perimeter, but rarely do you see him get in trouble with the officials.
Setting the tempo early, Hield picked up a technical for arguing a call with Scott Foster in the first quarter. He battled through the early issues to finish the game with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Last season, the Kings couldn’t get to the line if their life depended on it. This year, they are doing a better job getting to the stripe, but they just aren’t sinking the freebies.
Against the Pacers, the Kings shot just 16-of-24 from the line. In a one-point game, those misses could have been the difference between a win and a loss.