Player of the Game
JEFF FOSTER
Veteran center tied his career high (again) with 18 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench, 10 on the offensive glass, adding six points and a team-high three assists.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy +12 +1
Ford -9 -30 Foster +11 +3
Granger -7 -46 Hansbrough +2 -50
Head DNP +35 Hibbert -16 -21
D. Jones -15 -9 S. Jones DNP -30
McRoberts DNP -14 Murphy -10 -82
Price DNP +7 Rush +3 -17
Watson +15 -28
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 44, Kings 34
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 16, Kings 13
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 26, Kings 10
  • Points off turnovers: Kings 23, Pacers 13
  • Starters scoring: Kings 84, Pacers 69
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 36, Kings 26
  • Stat of the Night
    This was the eighth time in Foster's career he matched his career high of 18 rebounds.
    Noteworthy
  • The five-point margin was the closest of the season for the Pacers.
  • Indiana grabbed a season-high 22 offensive rebounds.
  • Granger scored at least 20 for the fourth straight game and made a 3-pointer for the 19th straight game, the second-longest active streak in the league.
  • The Kings scored 110 points, reaching the century mark for the 13th time in the last 14 games, including the last seven.
  • Sacramento shot 50.6 percent (41-81 FG) from the field against the Pacers. It is the third straight game the Kings have shot over 50 percent from the field (54.9 on 11/27 vs. New Jersey and 53.7 on 11/29 vs. New Orleans).
  • The Kings dished out a season-high 28 assists to the Pacers' 12.
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    Dec. 2, 2009 at Sacramento
    Kings 110, Pacers 105


    END RESULT
    A new starting lineup and rotation couldn't prevent a result that is getting old. Though Danny Granger scored 13 of his 33 in the fourth quarter, the Pacers couldn't come all the way back from a 10-point deficit and lost 110-105 Wednesday night in Sacramento.

    IMPACT
    Coach Jim O'Brien indicated he had settled on a lineup and rotation for the time being, at least, with Dahntay Jones replacing Brandon Rush at shooting guard and Roy Hibbert returning to the middle. O'Brien said he'd prefer to keep to a nine-man rotation with Earl Watson, Mike Dunleavy, Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Foster the primary reserves with the others, including former starter Rush, to be used "as needed."

    Though the Pacers played with great energy they continued to struggle defensively and lost their third in a row and seventh in eight games to drop to 6-10 overall. It was also their fourth straight loss on the road. Sacramento won its fourth in a row to move above .500 at 9-8.

    QUOTABLE
  • “They are putting together a basketball team. Geoff Petrie is putting together a good group. They are doing it without Kevin Martin which is impressive. They are becoming a very good team and they’ll compete for a playoff spot.” -- Jim O'Brien on the Kings.
  • "“They made shots and we stopped challenging shots. When we don’t challenge shots, they put the ball in the basket. It’s tough to get the tempo up when we always have to take the ball out of bounds.” -- O'Brien.
  • “We’re just struggling right now with consistency throughout the 48 minutes. We just can’t string enough good plays together. We have to get better with that, stick with it and be resilient.” -- Mike Dunleavy.
  • "It was a nice win for us again. I thought Indiana played really well. They thumped us on the boards and they had (Danny) Granger – they were going to him and he was finding a way to hurt us the whole game. I thought that we just found a way to win." -- Kings Coach Paul Westphal.

    TURNING POINTS
    The first half was tight throughout with 12 ties and 12 lead changes. The Pacers led by as many as 10, 45-35, but the Kings responded with a 17-5 run to take the lead and were up 60-57 heading into the second half. With big men Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes gunning away from the perimeter, Sacramento went on a 14-3 run early in the third to take a 76-64 lead but Earl Watson came off the bench to spark a 15-2 run that put the Pacers up 79-78.

    Sacramento quickly answered with the next 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers from Andres Nocioni, and took an 88-81 lead into the fourth. The defciit was 98-88 when the Pacers began creeping back into it, but they couldn't make the plays necessarily to complete the comeback. Down 105-100 in the final minute, Dahntay Jones' soft inbounds pass was stolen by Donte Greene, and one big opportunity was lost.

    Down 108-103 in the closing seconds, Foster rebounded Granger's missed 3-pointer and kicked it back out and Granger was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He missed the first, leaving the Pacers down 108-105 with 18 seconds left and Tyreke Evans closed it out at the line.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Granger made 6-of-11 from the 3-point line on his way to 33 points but had just one rebound and one assist and committed four turnovers. Dahntay Jones scored 16 on 7-of-12 shooting but contributed just two rebounds and one assist and also had four turnovers. Watson had 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with three steals and two assists and Troy Murphy had 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Jeff Foster matched his career high with 18 rebounds, 10 offensive. The Pacers enjoyed a 26-10 advantage in second-chance points but were outscored 23-13 on turnovers and had just 12 assists on 40 field goals.

    The Kings shot .506 overall and made nine of their final 13 attempts from the 3-point line after starting 0-of-5. Evans led the way with 26 points, six assists and five rebounds but had four turnovers. Thompson scored 22 with six rebounds and Hawes 21 with seven boards.