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Damian Jones tips in game winner in Kings-Pacers (video)

Damian Jones in Sacramento Kings v Indiana Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 23: Damian Jones #30 and Chimezie Metu #7 of the Sacramento Kings celebrate in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 23, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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Why did the Kings keep Damian Jones?

Because their big acquisition, Domantas Sabonis from the Pacers, wouldn’t play against his former team Wednesday. Because backup center Richaun Holmes wouldn’t play, either.

And because Jones, starting at center, would tip in the game-winner in Sacramento’s 110-109 victory.

NBC Sports California:

Facing his former team, Indiana guard Tyrese Haliburton shot just 4-for-14 for 13 points but had 15 assists and three steals. The Pacers outscored the Kings by 10 with him on the court.

But with De’Aaron Fox out, Sacramento point guard Davion Mitchell (25 points and seven assists) led his team to a narrow victory thanks to Jones’ timely tip.