Game Rewind: Pacers 101, Kings 102 OT
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10:00 PM ET at Sleep Train Arena
They played their fifth game in eight days. It was the second half of their second back-to-back in that span. They were coming off a hard-fought loss to one of the best teams in the NBA the night before, holding the high-octane Trail Blazers’ offense to its lowest point output of the season.
And they fought on Friday night in Sacramento. Not once, but twice, the Pacers erased a deficit of at least 15 points and forced overtime at Sleep Train Arena, but in the end dropped a heartbreaker, 102-101 to the Kings. It was Indiana’s fourth consecutive loss, and fifth straight road defeat.
With the Pacers leading 101-100 with 14 seconds remaining, Rudy Gay missed a 15-foot jumper for the win, but Carl Landry stuck the dagger with a double-clutch put-back underneath the basket as Roy Hibbert had come out to help on Gay. With 0.8 seconds on the clock, the Pacers threw an inbound pass to David West out of a timeout, but West’s long 3-point attempt was off the mark.
This game started much like Thursday night’s contest at Portland for the Pacers: the theme involved turnovers and poor shooting. Indiana turned it over six times in the first 12 minutes, leading to 12 Sacramento points. Meanwhile, the Kings dropped 34 points on the Pacers in the opening period, a season high for points allowed by Indiana in the first quarter this season.
Though the Pacers only shot 36 percent in the first half, Damjan Rudez, Luis Scola and C.J. Miles propelled the offense in the second quarter, combining to score all 25 Pacers points in the period.
Rudez finished with a career-high 11 points – all in the first half – on 4-of-7 shooting, including two 3-pointers. Scola also contributed 11 points, though he was just 4-for-11 from the field. Miles finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting, both makes coming in the second quarter.
The trio helped Indiana cut a 15-point deficit to as little as two late in the second, but Sacramento regained momentum and increased the lead back up to 11 by halftime.
The Kings continued shooting the ball well out of intermission, connecting on four of their first five field goal attempts and eventually building a 17-point lead as late as 5:03 mark of the third quarter.
But the once-cold David West – who started off 1-for-6 from the floor, made five of his next six to fuel another Pacers comeback. Twelve of West’s team-high 16 points came after Indiana fell behind by 17, including a jumper to tie the score at 96 with 28 seconds left in regulation.
West also grabbed eight rebounds, as did Scola to lead the Pacers in that department. Both Rodney Stuckey (4-of-10) and C.J. Watson (5-of-11) added 14 points apiece.
Gay led the Kings with 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Former Pacers guard Darren Collison had 20 points on 8-of-19 from the field. Landry, who put back the game-winner, finished 5-of-9 for 14 points.
Inside the Numbers
The Pacers cleaned things up in the second half, committing just three turnovers over the final 29 minutes of play, including overtime. The Kings turned the ball over 15 times, leading to 22 points for Indiana. Sacramento scored 14 points off the Pacers’ nine turnovers.
The Pacers' strong bench play continued; Indiana's bench outscored Sacramento's 49-26. Pacers starters scored 52 points, while the Kings' starting five combined for 76.
A rarity occurred in the rebounding category, as the Pacers were outrebounded by the Kings, 49-43. Sacramento grabbed 11 offensive boards to Indiana’s nine.
Both teams scored 44 points in the paint and were fairly close in the fast-break points category: The Kings had 14 in transition and the Pacers scored 11.
You Can Quote Me On That
"It's frustrating as any loss. We win one that way, we lose one that way. It’s part of the long NBA season, we’re going to have some like that. I’m proud of how we competed down the stretch to make it a game when we were down and weren’t really playing that well, but we showed a lot of fight late." - Coach Vogel
On the second unit in the second quarter: "Those are the guys that are most in rhythm, most in shape and have the best time because they haven’t been out with injuries. A lot of our starters have been out with injuries, and they’re battling right now to find their rhythm and timing. It’s just what we’re working through right now. Those guys came in and gave us a good lift." - Coach Vogel
"Roy left to go help on Rudy’s shot. I just picked the wrong guy. I was engaged with Evans and Landry snuck in there. It was just a tough play to try to make, trying to keep both of those guys off the glass." - David West
"We fouled too much I think in the third quarter. They were in the bonus basically for the whole second half. They shot a lot of free throws. They're the highest free throw attempt team I think in the NBA. We just weren’t disciplined enough to guard them. It's just tough. They made a bunch of plays and we weren’t able to. In particular that third quarter we weren’t able to keep them off of the free throw line that’s where they got some momentum. We did a better job in the fourth quarter not fouling them as much but they were still in the bonus with about nine minutes to go, I think." - David West
"We did have some struggles coming down the stretch but at the end of the day when we’re on a losing streak like we were, you’re just trying to get a win any way you can. It wasn’t pretty at the end but we were able to gut it out and find a way to win." - Kings guard Darren Collison
Stat of the Game
Although the Pacers dramatically improved in getting to the free-throw line, the disparity between the teams in free-throw shooting was a significant factor in this game.
After attempting just eight foul shots against Portland on Thursday, Indiana took 29 free-throws on Friday against the Kings, making 23. But the Kings took 40, converting 28 in what became a 1-point Sacramento victory.
- The Pacers lost to the Kings for the first time in their last five meetings, and for just the fourth time in the last 12 overall.
- With the loss, Indiana fell to 2-10 on either end of a back-to-back set of games this season.The Pacers are 1-5 on the second half of a back-to-back set, their lone win coming on Nov. 15 at Chicago.
- With his block in the fourth quarter, Roy Hibbert took sole possession of fourth place in franchise history with 905 (passing Dale Davis).
Having completed a long road trip, the Pacers return home to take on the Atlanta Hawks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday night at 7pm. Good seats remain for the matchup. Find Pacers-Hawks Tickets »