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Game Recap: Pacers 94, Kings 91

The Pacers defeated the Kings, 94-91. Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 22 points and 6 rebounds, while Myles Turner added 12 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in the victory. Harrison Barnes tallied

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Game Recap: Pacers 94, Kings 91

The Pacers defeated the Kings, 94-91. Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 22 points and 6 rebounds, while Myles Turner added 12 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in the victory. Harrison Barnes tallied
Nov 7, 2021  |  00:01

Pacers Postgame: Nov. 7, 2021

Nov. 7, 2021 - Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle, Caris LeVert, Myles Turner, and T.J. McConnell speak with the media following Indiana's 94-91 win in Sacramento.
Nov 7, 2021  |  12:28

Domantas Sabonis posts 17 points and 10 rebounds vs Sacramento Kings

Domantas Sabonis Posts 17 points & 10 rebounds vs. Sacramento Kings, 11/07/2021
Nov 7, 2021  |  00:01

Sabonis Gets the Rebound

After an attempt by Caris LeVert, Domantas Sabonis makes the put back
Nov 7, 2021  |  00:10

McConnell And One

T.J. McConnell drives to the rim and lands the three-point play
Nov 7, 2021  |  00:07

Sabonis to LeVert

Domantas Sabonis sets up Caris LeVert for a strong three
Nov 7, 2021  |  00:08

Duarte Three Off the Dribble

Chris Duarte buries the three off the dribble
Nov 7, 2021  |  00:08

McConnell Up and In

T.J. McConnell takes it to the rim and lays it up and in
Nov 7, 2021  |  00:09

Turner Open Three

Myles Turner sinks an open three
Nov 7, 2021  |  00:06

Duarte Step Back

Chris Duarte starts the game with a step back for two
Nov 7, 2021  |  00:09

Game Rewind: Pacers 94, Kings 91

Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM ET at Golden 1 Center
by Brendan Rourke
Pacers.com Contributor

Game Recap

After a tough loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the final minutes, the Pacers (4-7) turned things around against the Sacramento Kings (5-5) Sunday afternoon. This time, tough defense and timely shots down the stretch secured a hard-fought, 94-91 victory over the hosts, and snapped a five-game road losing streak.

Coming into the night, Sacramento was averaging the NBA's ninth-best shooting percentage (46.4 percent). On Sunday, the Pacers' defense limited the hosts to just 31 makes on 84 attempts (36.9 percent). The Kings were held to their lowest point total of the season.

"I think all together — not just down the stretch — we really followed the game plan," Caris LeVert said postgame. "From one to 15, everybody did."

After finishing the first half with six points, LeVert tallied 16 in the second half to lead all Pacers with 22.

T.J. McConnell also had a major impact, scoring 18. The crafty guard hit several tough buckets down the stretch. He also hauled in seven boards and dished out four assists. Both Domantas Sabonis (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Myles Turner (12 points, 15 boards) finished with double-doubles. Turner was a defensive force all night, setting the tone with five blocks.

It was a much more even start compared to the Pacers' previous outing against Portland. The squad played tight defense and methodically picked apart the Kings on offense for an early lead. Chris Duarte and Sabonis combined for eight of the first ten Pacers points to lead 10-4 at the 7:45 mark.

"What happened on Friday got everyone's attention," Rick Carlisle said of the first quarter. "We had a much better start. A lot of guys really contributed in a big way, and it was really great to see."

Over the next few minutes, Indiana continued to control the pace of play. The squad mounted a 10-2 run through the halfway point to take a 22-11 lead with 3:05 remaining. Turner and Duarte each tallied five points of the run, finding space beyond the arc for a trey each during the spree.

Indiana was ready to take a double-digit lead into the second after Justin Holiday's three with 31.7 seconds remaining. However, Buddy Hield connected on a last-second desperation heave from 39 feet away to cut Indiana's lead to 27-19 before the frame expired.

A quiet start for both sides to start the second kept Indiana in front. After rookie Davion Mitchell cut Indiana's lead to five with a layup, Jeremy Lamb hit two free throws on the other end to extend it back to 31-24 at the 8:40 mark. Sunday was Lamb's first action since spraining his ankle against the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 30.

As Indiana kept misfiring, the Kings finally broke through to take their first lead of the game. Trailing 31-27, De'Aaron Fox banked in a cutting layup, and Harrison Barnes followed with a step-back three to earn a one-point advantage.

But the Pacers kept on fighting. Trailing 34-33, the Blue & Gold recorded seven unanswered, including a tough 3-pointer by Duarte with a hand in his face, to regain a 40-34 lead with 3:48 remaining. Turner also assisted by hauling in several tough boards while fighting down low.

From there, Indiana maintained a slim lead until halftime. McConnell made two gritty layups down the stretch, and the defense avoided a lapse to take a 48-43 lead into the break.

Finding points on their first four possessions of the third, Indiana recorded eight unanswered — five from LeVert — in the first 1:53 to earn a 56-43 lead.

From there, the Pacers held a double-digit lead through the midway mark of the third. Turner continued to be a heavy defensive presence, collecting rebounds and blocks. With 7:42 to play, he added a corner three to stretch Indiana's lead to 65-52.

McConnell's acrobatic and-one finish with 4:31 left placed all five Pacers starters in double figures as Indiana climbed to a 69-54 lead. However, Sacramento kept up the pressure after responding with eight straight to cut the gap to seven.

Still, Indiana held firm, using LeVert to push the lead to double digits once more. The guard added four more in his 11-point third quarter, including a wide-open jumper after a vicious pump fake, to give Indiana a 73-62 lead with 2:22 to play.

However, Indiana was held to just one more point in the frame. Sacramento trimmed the lead to 74-67 before time expired.

Indiana started the fourth with three consecutive turnovers, allowing Sacramento to trim the once-comfortable lead to 74-72 with 10:38 remaining. Three straight from Alex Len finally pushed the Kings ahead by one. A single LeVert free throw at the 9:00 mark was the Blue & Gold's first points of the period.

Trailing 78-75, Indiana responded with six straight, including a tough fadeaway by LeVert, to take an 81-78 lead with 6:50 to play.

Despite a timeout, Indiana continued the run. McConnell knocked in a baseline jumper over the outstretched hands of several big men. Sabonis then followed with a pair of free throws to snag an 85-78 lead with 5:38 left. What followed next was a series of timely Pacers buckets.

Leading 85-82 with 3:36 remaining, McConnell once again nailed a clutch baseline jumper to push Indiana’s lead to five. Turner then responded to two Holmes free throws with a crisp 10-footer.

Another layup from McConnell pushed Indiana's lead to 93-88 with 1:33 to play. However, Tyrese Haliburton drilled a trey five seconds later to trim the deficit to two.

The Pacers had a chance to add to the lead twice but came up empty. With 22.5 seconds remaining, the Pacers called a timeout to set up on defense.

Fox's attempt went long with 16.1 seconds left. Torrey Craig snagged the rebound and found Holiday. Two Kings swarmed him as he looked for a timeout. But, the referees determined a jump ball was called before Indiana signaled for one. Sacramento scrapped for the jump ball and called a timeout with 5.8 seconds to go.

Sacramento tried a quick inbounds play to Haliburton for a three. However, his attempt fell short and McConnell snagged the rebound. He connected on 1-of-2 free throws on the other end while Sacramento could not respond in time.

Inside the Numbers

All five Pacers starters finished in double figures. Chris Duarte had a bounce-back night, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

Indiana outscored its opponent in the third quarter for the second consecutive game (26-24).

Turner finished with a team-high +22 rating for Indiana. Both Duarte and LeVert finished +19.

You Can Quote Me On That

"We all learned that every possession matters. From the first six minutes of the game — I think we lost it in Portland. And then the first six minutes of the game tonight — I think we won it tonight." –LeVert on what the team took into tonight from the Portland loss

“When (McConnell is) putting his head down and being aggressive — teams probably game plan for him to set other guys up. I think T.J. is at his best when he's doing both, looking for his and looking for others. He was able to really contribute tonight." – Turner on McConnell's impact tonight

"It definitely helps to get a win on the road against a team like this. It's a confidence booster for sure. But we know there are some games that we've dropped on the road that (this) shouldn't be our first win on the road. But we'll take it and we have to move on." –McConnell on the confidence this game could provide moving forward

Stat of the Night

Making up for its 21 turnovers, Indiana earned a +21 rebounding advantage after hauling in 54 boards. The Kings' 33 rebounds are a season-low for a Pacers opponent.

Noteworthy

  • Both Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis hit personal milestones during the win. This was Turner's 400th career NBA game, while Sabonis passed 5,000 points for his NBA career.
  • Before Sunday, the Kings had won their two previous home games by a combined total of 43 points
  • Indiana now has its first two-day rest of the season before finishing out the road trip with a tough back-to-back against the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

Up Next

The Pacers return to action on Wednesday night in Denver, when they take on reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets at 7:00 PM ET.

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After a four-game Western Conference road trip, the Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »





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