Rewind: Pacers vs. Kings


Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at Sacramento

Game Rewind: Kings 92, Pacers 88


The Pacers were very much in the zone in the third quarter, racking up 30 points and building a 16-point lead.

The Kings, however, used a zone of their own to change the game.

Using a 2-3 zone throughout the fourth quarter, the Kings flummoxed the Pacers and came all the way back for an improbable 92-88 win Wednesday at Power Balance Pavilion.

How improbable?

The Kings shot 30 percent for the game, were 8-of-31 from the 3-point line and missed 12 free throws. They rallied despite shooting 6-of-25 in the fourth quarter.

But Sacramento snapped a three-game losing streak and ended Indiana's three-game win streak by shutting down the Pacers, who shot 3-of-16 overall, missed all of their 3-point attempts, committed nine turnovers and scored just eight points in the period.


Danny Granger and Darren Collison scored 16 apiece to lead the Pacers (9-4 overall, 4-4 on the road), with Granger adding seven rebounds and Collison six boards and three assists. Roy Hibbert had 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks. David West scored 13 with 5 rebounds. Paul George had 10 points and nine boards. The Pacers shot 44 percent for the game.

Marcus Thornton led the Kings (5-10, 4-3 at home) with 17 points. Francisco Garcia scored 15 of his 16 in the second half and DeMarcus Cousins was a dominant force inside throughout with 13 points and 19 rebounds -- 12 on the offensive glass. Sacramento had 30 offensive rebounds.


In their last four games, the Pacers have outscored opponents 108-70 in the third quarter, an advantage of 9.5 points per game.


The Kings opened the fourth quarter with a 16-4 burst to cut the Indiana lead to 84-82 but a bucket by West and free throw by Collison made it 87-82 with 3:52. The Pacers wouldn't make another basket the rest of the way as the Kings closed the game on a 10-1 run, taking the lead for good at 88-87 on Garcia's free throws with 2:20 remaining.

Collison came out of the locker room hot, scoring 13 in the third quarter as the Pacers threatened to break it open. They started out with a 13-5 run to push the lead to 63-50 and scored seven in a row late in the frame to make it 80-64 as the Kings shot just 4-of-14 in the quarter.

There was little doubt what the primary topic for discussion was in the locker room at halftime: somebody put a body on Cousins. The Sacramento center dominated the offensive glass, pulling 10 offensive rebounds in the first half to single-handedly enable the Kings to offset poor quality shooting (33.3 percent) with enormous volume (54 attempts).

Even so, the Pacers led 50-45 at the break as Hibbert and West scored 11 apiece, with Granger adding nine and Hill 8.

The Kings had the first run of the game, scoring eight in a row midway through the second quarter to take a 35-32 lead as the Pacers missed six straight shots. Indiana countered by scoring seven in a row later in the period to re-take the lead, 43-38.


Tyler Hansbrough shed the goggles he has worn the past three games after sustaining a scratched eye on Jan. 9 against Philadelphia. … Cousins picked up a technical late in the half for taking a swipe at West after the two became tangled jostling for rebound position. … The Pacers were without two backup big men, Jeff Pendergraph (concussion) and Jeff Foster (lower back procedure). Foster is not on the trip and is expected to miss the rest of this month.


The Pacers get their first look at Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors as the trip continues Friday in Oakland, Calif. (10:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). Jackson, the former Pacers point guard, is in his first season as a head coach. The Warriors are led by high-scoring guards Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry and potent big man David Lee. Former Pacers guard Brandon Rush, traded to the Warriors before the season started, has been a key reserve, shooting 50 percent from 3-point range.


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