Player of the Game
Who else? He scored 25 of his 33 in the second half, finishing with five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Pacers 40, Kings 38
Kings 18, Pacers 10
Kings 8, Pacers 4
Points off turnovers:
Kings 19, Pacers 16
Pacers 80, Kings 61
Kigns 34, Pacers 22
Stat of the Night
END RESULTOn the occasion of his 100th victory with the Pacers, Coach Jim O'Brien had a little fun at his own expense.
"Irrelevant," he said with a smile, his choice of adjectives no accident. "Totally irrelevant."
The Pacers reached that particular milestone with a 102-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday before 13,339 in Conseco Fieldhouse, a game delivered once again by Danny Granger. The surging star scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half, 11 in a 22-4 run in the third quarter that wiped out a nine-point halftime deficit and put the Pacers ahead for good.
IMPACTThe Pacers won their eighth straight home game, their longest since winning their final eight home games of the 2003-04 season, and sixth in seven overall to improve to 28-47, 20-16 at home. The Kings dropped their fifth straight game and fell to 24-51 overall, 7-32 on the road.
KEY MOMENTSSacramento appeared to be in full control for much of the first half, using a 14-6 run in the second quarter to open a 50-35 lead. But the Pacers chipped it down to 56-47 at the break and came out of the locker room with a different intensity level, particularly on defense.
Holding the Kings to 2-of-14 shooting, the Pacers put together a 22-4 run with Granger scoring 11 to take a 69-60 lead they would not relinquish. The Kings cut it to 79-76 early in the fourth but Granger and Murphy hit consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 13-2 run that was capped by an A.J. Price 3-pointer and the Pacers built the lead to 92-78 with 6:16 left.
The Kings scored eight in a row in the closing minutes to reduce the margin but never threatened the outcome.
BY THE NUMBERSGranger was deadly in the second half, hitting 10-of-14, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point line. Overall he was 13-of-20, 4-of-7 from the arc, with five rebounds, four assists and two steals for his fifth game of at least 30 points in the last six. Murphy had his 35th double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Roy Hibbert had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks and Earl Watson had 10 points, five assists and five turnovers. The Pacers shot 47 percent overall and were 12-of-26 from the 3-point line but were outrebounded 49-35.
Three Kings had double-doubles. Jason Thompson had 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, Tyreke Evans 17 points, 10 assists, four steals and seven turnovers, and Carl Landry had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Beno Udrih had 18 points. The Kings shot .424 overall, .395 in the second half.