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GAME RECAP: Pacers 101, Kings 83

Bojan Bogdanovic leads the way with 17 points and Domantas Sabonis adds a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds as the Pacers defeat the Kings, 101-83.

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GAME RECAP: Pacers 101, Kings 83

Bojan Bogdanovic leads the way with 17 points and Domantas Sabonis adds a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds as the Pacers defeat the Kings, 101-83.
Oct 31, 2017  |  01:53

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - Oct. 31, 2017

October 31, 2017 - Pacers players talked about their keys to victory after handily defeating Sacramento at home.
Oct 31, 2017  |  02:21

Oladipo Goes Backdoor for the Dunk

October 31, 2017 - Oladipo finishes above the rim after beating his defender with the backdoor cut to the basket.
Oct 31, 2017  |  03:00

Postgame: Coach McMillan Press Conference - Oct. 31, 2017

Oct. 31, 2017 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked to reporters following the Pacers' 101-83 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Oct 31, 2017  |  06:30

Lance Coast to Coast

October 31, 2017 - Lance snags the rebound and goes all the way to the cup as he makes the basket through the foul.
Oct 31, 2017  |  02:27

Thad Beats the Clock

October 31, 2017 - Thad tosses up a three pointer as the shot clock buzzer sounds and gets it to drop.
Oct 31, 2017  |  02:46

Postgame: Kings Locker Room - Oct. 31, 2017

October 31, 2017 - Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger and guard De'Aaron Fox discussed the Pacers' 101-83 win Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Oct 31, 2017  |  02:11

Oladipo Blows by the Defense

October 31, 2017 - Oladipo crosses up his defender at the top of the key and gets to the hoop for the finish.
Oct 31, 2017  |  01:43

Oladipo Dunks in Traffic

October 31, 2017: Sacramento Kings vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Oct 31, 2017  |  01:28

Sabonis Hoop and the Harm

October 31, 2017 - Sabonis gets the ball down low and finishes through the contact.
Oct 31, 2017  |  01:10

Thad Finishes on the Break

October 31, 2017 - The Pacers get off and running early as Thaddeus Young finishes at the hoop for two.
Oct 31, 2017  |  00:52

Game Rewind: Pacers 101, Kings 83

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Game Recap

The Indiana Pacers (4-3) reached into their bag of tricks on Tuesday night, spooking the Sacramento Kings (1-6) and treating the fans to a 101-83 victory on Halloween night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

With Thaddeus Young (15 points, four rebounds, and four steals) and Domantas Sabonis leading the way (12 points, 16 boards, and five assists), the Blue & Gold dominated Sacramento from start to finish for their second consecutive win and their third in four games.

The Pacers limited the Kings to just 48 points through three quarters, turning in far and away their most dominant defensive performance of the season.

"Defensively, we're getting better each and every day," Young said.

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Young, the Pacers' captain, was one of the catalysts of the defensive attack. According to NBA.com, he entered the night leading the NBA in deflections per game at 4.9 and again was all over the floor.

"One thing about Thad, you know he always has your back," Pacers guard Victor Oladipo said. "And when you know someone's always (hustling) like that, you have the pressure to have their back, too."

Coming off an impressive victory over San Antonio on Sunday, the Pacers picked up where they left off from the opening tip on Tuesday.

Indiana scored the game's first nine points and eventually opened up a 17-4 lead. Sabonis was especially impressive, racking up six points and nine rebounds in the first 7:33 of the contest, despite battling an upper respiratory infection.

The Kings, on the other hand, looked like they would rather be out trick-or-treating. Sacramento missed 12 of its first 14 shots and amassed just 13 points in the first quarter, the lowest point total by a Pacers opponent in any quarter this season.

The Blue & Gold kept their foot on the gas in the second quarter, reeling off an 11-0 run over a two-minute stretch to extend the lead to 23. Sabonis already had his fourth double-double of the season midway through the frame.

The Pacers led by as many as 27 points in the half and took a 55-30 lead into the break.

The outcome was never in doubt after halftime, as the Kings never got closer than within 15 points of the lead and Pacers head coach Nate McMillan was able to mostly rest his starters in the fourth quarter.

The highlight of the fourth quarter was the late-game performance of Pacers second-round pick Ike Anigbogu, the youngest player in the NBA.

Anigbogu scored his first points of his professional career on a pair of free throws, later knocked down a jumper, then sent the Pacers' veterans on the bench into hysterics with an emphatic block of Kings guard Frank Mason in the closing seconds.

"I'm proud of him," Oladipo said. "A lot of guys do a lot of the cheering. (The starters) got to do the cheering today. It's an awesome feeling.

Five Pacers players scored in double figures in the win.

Bojan Bogdanovic had a team-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting (3-of-6 from 3-point range) to go along with three rebounds and four assists. Oladipo added 14 points and four rebounds, while Cory Joseph chipped in 13 points off the bench (11 in the fourth quarter) on 5-of-8 shooting (3-of-4 from 3-point range).

Rookie guard De'Aaron Fox led Sacramento — which has now lost five straight games — with 18 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Marion, Ind. native Zach Randolph was the only other Kings player to reach double figures, finishing with 12 points and five rebounds.

The extra rest the Pacers' key players were able to get down the stretch could come in handy on Wednesday night, when Indiana travels to Cleveland to face off against LeBron James and the Cavaliers on the second night of a back-to-back. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET.

"Any time we can gain some momentum going into these type of situations where we're going to be on the road...we definitely need that fire and that energy that we've played with these past couple games," Young said.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers outscored the Kings by 30 points from 3-point range. Indiana went 12-for-29 from beyond the arc (41.4 percent), while Sacramento was just 2-for-14 (14.3 percent).

Sabonis' 16 rebounds were four more than his previous career high, which was set earlier this season on Oct. 21 in Miami and then matched in Sunday's win over San Antonio.

Sabonis also matched his career high with five assists. He also had five dimes earlier this season on Oct. 24 in Minnesota and last season on Nov. 5, 2016.

After starting the season 3-for-15 from 3-point range, Bojan Bogdanovic has now made three 3-pointers in consecutive games on 11 total attempts.

For the first time this season, Oladipo did not lead Indiana in scoring. He played a team-high 28 minutes and was 4-for-10 from the field.

The one area where Sacramento had success was in the paint, where they outscored Indiana 56-40.

Stat of the Night

Sabonis has now collected 11 or more rebounds in five consecutive games. He never had more than 10 rebounds in 81 games as a rookie last season with Oklahoma City.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers have now won three straight games over Sacramento and lead the overall series against the Kings,
    47-39.
  • Forward Alex Poythress scored his first points as a member of the Pacers, knocking down two 3-pointers over the final two minutes of the win.
  • Former Pacers guard and Broad Ripple High School and IUPUI star George Hill had eight points on 4-of-12 shooting and six rebounds in his first game in The Fieldhouse as a member of the Kings.

Up Next

The Pacers head to Cleveland for a Central Division showdown against LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 PM ET.

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