Pacers at Kings

Game Recap: Kings 127, Pacers 122

The Kings defeated the Pacers, 127-122. Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 30 points and eight rebounds, while Richaun Holmes added 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks in the victory.

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Game Recap: Kings 127, Pacers 122

The Kings defeated the Pacers, 127-122. Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 30 points and eight rebounds, while Richaun Holmes added 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks in the victory.
Jan 11, 2021  |  00:01

Oladipo steals AGAIN

Victor Oladipo gets his fourth steal and nails a 3
Jan 12, 2021  |  00:10

Brogdon Lays It In

Malcolm Brogdon drives to the basket for 2
Jan 11, 2021  |  00:07

Turner Open 3

Myles Turner nails a 3 from the corner
Jan 11, 2021  |  00:06

Sumner from Deep

Edmond Sumner sinks a 3
Jan 11, 2021  |  00:07

Brogdon Makes His Own Shot

Malcolm Brogdon hits a 3 from the corner
Jan 11, 2021  |  00:07

Oladipo Steal and Slam

Victor Oladipo gets in the passing lane and drives to the basket.
Jan 11, 2021  |  00:07

Game Rewind: Pacers 122, Kings 127

Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at 10:00 PM ET at Golden 1 Center
by Brendan Rourke Contributor

Game Rewind

After fighting back from a 12-point deficit to earn a one-point lead in the fourth, lady luck just did not bounce the Pacers' way down the stretch.

An overturned goaltending call and an unfortunate bounce of a loose ball caused the Pacers (6-4) to fall short against the Sacramento Kings (5-6) 127-122 late Monday night at Golden 1 Center for just the second time in the last eight regular-season meetings.

Trailing 118-117 after a pair of Harrison Barnes free throws, Domantas Sabonis received a pass from Oladipo and went up for a contested layup against Richaun Holmes. Originally called a goaltending violation, it was ruled Holmes had touched the ball before it hit the backboard, and the call was overturned.

On the ensuing Kings' possession, the Pacers did everything right defensively. They clogged the lane and forced a loose ball. However, the ball trickled to the right corner and into the waiting hands of sharpshooter Buddy Hield. Hield obliged, and nailed the 3-pointer, giving Sacramento a 121-117 with 1:09 remaining. After an Oladipo 3-point attempt fell short, De'Aaron Fox then sealed the deal on the other end with a punishing one-handed slam.

Four Pacers finished with 20 points or more, with Sabonis leading the way. The big man tallied 28 points and hauled in 11 boards for his 10th straight double-double to start the season. Malcolm Brogdon added 24 on 9-of-18 shooting and dished out nine assists, while Oladipo and Doug McDermott added 21 apiece. 13 of McDermott's season-high 21 points came in the second quarter.

The first half was a back-and-forth game that culminated in nine ties and 15 lead changes. After the Pacers scored six unanswered points in the first 1:04 of the game, the Kings tightened up and quickly switched up the score. A pair of threes from both Hield and rookie Tyrese Haliburton propelled the Kings to a 28-22 lead at the 2:23 mark of the first frame.

But the Blue & Gold's defense clamped down for the final minutes of the first. After Haliburton's triple, the squad kept Sacramento without a field goal for the remainder of the period. The Pacers' bench then checked in and erased Sacramento's lead before the end of the half. Free throws from Aaron Holiday, followed by field goals from JaKarr Sampson and McDermott led to a 30-all tie after one.

The Pacers' reserves raced out to a 40-34 lead early in the second quarter behind six quick points from Edmond Sumner. But Sacramento responded with a 9-2 run, including six unanswered, to grab a 43-42 lead with 8:27 to play.

For the next several minutes, the teams remained separated by no more than four points. A 3-point snipe from McDermott on the left wing snagged a 55-54 lead for the Blue & Gold with 3:28 to go. After Harrison Barnes responded with a dunk, McDermott then found a cutting Sabonis with a bounce pass in the lane to put Indiana ahead by one, once again, at the 2:34 mark.

A Brogdon triple with 14.1 seconds remaining appeared to put Indiana ahead heading into the break, but Fox matched with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the right wing to give the Kings a 65-64 lead at the half.

It was a similar situation in the early stages of the third quarter, with the teams trading the lead. However, it was Sacramento that got the first significant run of the frame.

With Indiana holding a 69-66 lead, Sacramento pulled off an 18-5 run, including 10 unanswered, over a 3:57 span to grab an 84-74 lead with 6:00 to play in the frame. Sabonis halted the run after completing a gritty and-1 play in the paint at the 5:24 mark.

The Kings' lead swelled to 12, 89-77, on Hield's fourth 3-pointer of the game at the 4:03 mark. But Indiana then appeared to find some spark.

Brogdon scored nine of the Pacers' final 14 points of the frame, all within the final 2:17, to chew into Sacramento's lead. With 3.3 seconds remaining, he slipped through two Kings defenders in the paint for an easy right-handed layup to cut the Kings' lead to just 97-93 heading into the fourth quarter.

However, Sacramento managed to eliminate the Pacers' effort just 51 seconds into fourth behind some luck on the offensive end. After Sumner's quick hands tapped a pass out of bounds with 0.7 seconds showing on the shot-clock, Holmes, not a known 3-point shooter, caught the inbounds pass at the top of the key and heaved up a desperation trey as the buzzer sounded. It sank as if it were planned. After Haliburton added another trey to put Sacramento ahead by double digits, 103-93, once again.

But Oladipo and Indiana would not be deterred.

Trailing 110-102 with 7:48 to play, Oladipo scored 12 of the next 15 Pacer points, including the go-ahead layup with 1:52 to play. The bucket from the right side gave Indiana a 117-116 lead.

But after Barnes connected on a pair of free throws, Sabonis' points were overturned. The Pacers just could not overcome the unlucky bounces for the remainder of the game.

Indiana will have to quickly put this game behind them, as they face Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the second game of a back-to-back tomorrow.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers were out-rebounded 52-44 on the boards tonight.

The Blue & Gold shot just 15-of-39 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc while Sacramento shot 15-of-32 (46.9 percent).

Eight-year NBA veteran Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 2-of-3 from deep. He also connected on all eight of his free-throw attempts.

You Can Quote Me On That

"I thought it was the overall defense. They shot darn near 60 percent in the first half… I just think we have to do a better job on the ball – just being more active there to cause our deflections a little bit more. So they just can't have their pinpoint, precise passes right into their shooting pocket. Kind of like how a coach would pass it." – Coach Bjorkgren on the loss

"Obviously we're really excited for T.J. (McConnell). It's a big day, the other day when (his son) was born. So, we've all been thinking of him and, you know, it's bigger than basketball. So we understand – we have to miss him for a few games. But, we definitely miss him. He's kind of the heartbeat of this team. He gets along with every single guy and kind of connects everyone together." – Doug McDermott on the birth of T.J. McConnell's son and McConnell's impact on the team

"I feel great. I'm doing yoga. I do these breathing exercises. I do a whole host of things I've picked up this summer. (I'm) just trying to understand my body better, trying to get a grip on it. (I'm) trying to be more detail-oriented and taking care of it, and being more of a pro about it. I've changed my diet. So, I feel good – this is something I think I can sustain.: – Malcolm Brogdon on the extended minutes he's seeing early in this season


  • This is the only time Indiana will face Sacramento during the regular season.
  • After connecting on his two free-throw attempts tonight, Malcolm Brogdon has extended his consecutive made free-throw streak to 13.
  • Indiana still leads the all-time regular-season series against Sacramento, 50-41.

Up Next

The Pacers continue their road trip by visiting Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Monday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 PM ET.


A limited number of tickets for upcoming Pacers home games from Jan. 24 through March 4 will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Single Game Tickets »   Health & Safety Guidelines »


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