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By Ana Kieu
SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Kings continued their homestand by playing host to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Monday’s matchup at the Golden 1 Center featured two teams trending in two different directions, but it was the Kings who defeated the Pacers 127-122 in an action-packed game.
The Kings started off on the wrong foot as Victor Oladipo threw down a dunk for an early 2-0 lead, but they poured in the points, tying the game at 12 and taking a 28-22 lead late in the first quarter. The Kings’ lead didn’t last long, but they finished the first on a better note as De’Aaron Fox made a pair of free throws, and the two teams were tied at 30 after the first quarter.
Edmond Summer made a free throw to put the Pacers up 32-30 just 14 seconds into the second quarter. Sacramento, however, outscored Indiana 35-34 in the second quarter. De’Aaron Fox hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to wrap up the first half with a bang. The Kings led 65-64, heading into the locker room at the half.
The Pacers came out to play in the second half. Victor Oladipo made a pass to Domantas Sabonis for a layup that put the Pacers up 66-65 at 10:40 of the third quarter. Malcolm Brogden made a late driving layup, but the Kings were protected by a small safety as Hassan Whiteside hit a 2-pointer 31.4 seconds beforehand. The Kings had a 97-93 lead after three quarters.
Richaun Holmes opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to make it 100-93 Kings at 11:32. Tyrese Haliburton followed up with a 3-pointer of his own, and the Kings took a 10-point lead, 103-93, just 23 seconds later. Harrison Barnes’ scoring outburst led to a game-high 28 points at a media timeout.
The Pacers tied the game at 113 on a Victor Oladipo free throw with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter. Richaun Holmes was called for goaltending, but the Kings challenged the call, which was overturned after further review. As a result, it was Sacramento’s ball and 23 seconds were added to the shot clock.
The final seconds of the game were interesting to say the least. Cory Joseph made a free throw to put the Kings up 127-119 with 8.8 seconds left. Malcolm Brogden hit a 3-pointer to pull the Pacers within five, but it was too little, too late. The Kings won 127-122 and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Sacramento improved to 5-6. Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. De’Aaron Fox scored 21 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds. Buddy Hield scored 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Richaun Holmes added 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Indiana fell to 6-4. Domantas Sabonis led all scorers with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The Kings host the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, January 13 at 7 pm PT.
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