The Sacramento Kings were unable to extend their winning streak as they fell to the Indiana Pacers by a score of 107-97.
The Sacramento Kings had the chance to extend their winning streak to four games tonight but were stopped by the Indiana Pacers. With this loss, the Kings now fall to a record of 13-12 while the Pacers improve to 16-10 for the year.
To begin the game, it was the Pacers who started hot as they went on an 8-2 run to get ahead early. But behind the play of Buddy Hield’s hot shooting, the Kings’ offense was able to wake up. Not only were the starters for Sacramento playing well but so was their bench. As a collective whole, the Kings were able to outscore the Pacers by a score of 31-24 once the quarter ended.
The momentum Sacramento had in the first disappeared in the second period. Throughout the quarter, the Pacers were able to gradually trim the Kings’ lead by controlling the pace of the game and forcing Sacramento to turn the ball over. The Kings did have the chance to take the lead going into halftime, but instead, Darren Collison hit a shot at the buzzer which gave Indiana a 54-52 lead to end the half.
Once the second half began, both teams came out sluggish. Both teams were definitely tired as bad shots and sloppy turnovers happened constantly throughout the quarter. As a result, the score remained close, but the Pacers still led 73-70 going into the fourth.
With the Kings needing any type of momentum during the final period, they got it from their second unit. Guys like Frank Mason III and Justin Jackosn took their games to another level as they helped their team stay competitive until the starters came in. But once the starters entered the game, the offense went downhill. The Kings kept committing turnovers while the Pacers capitalized on them. A significant scoring run by the Pacers in crunch time earned them the 107-97 victory in the end.