by Charlie O. Mallonee
The Sacramento Kings had to play overtime for the second consecutive game in three days in Indiana on Friday night against the Pacers. Unfortunately for the Kings, they came up on the short end of the game this time as they lost 115-111.
Sacramento (18-28) is now 1-4 in overtime games this season. Indiana (24-22) is 4-1 when have to play an extra session. Four of their 24 wins have come in overtime. That is not only impressive but it may vital to their seeding come playoff time.
The Kings started the game strong – something they have had trouble doing all season long. Sacramento shot 61.8% in the first half and hit 11-of-16 3-point attempts to take a 64-55 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half was not as kind to the Kings. Being on the road came back to haunt Sacramento. They shot just 39.3% in the second half and hit just 1-of-8 3-point shots. The Kings also gave up a 16 lead to the Pacers who came back to tie the game at the end of regulation to force the overtime.
Indiana changed their tactics and began to play very physical in the second half. The Kings did not respond very well to the physical play and were taken out of their game by the Pacers. Paul George also came to life and took over the game for his team scoring 16 points – 14 of those points from the free throw line.
George scored six of the Pacers 11 points in overtime. When needed, the superstars of “the association” always do their best to step up to lead their teams.
The Kings played well for 40 of the 48 minutes in regulation. If they could have added another three to four minutes to that total, they might have been able to avoid overtime and notched another victory.
Joerger’s analysis of the game
- Heck of an NBA game
- Proud of guys (Joerger is consistent in trying to build his players up)
- Ran into a team that has our number right now
- Shot just 37.5% in second half
- They were on the foul line 28 times in the second half
- We got to go on and play the next night in Charlotte tomorrow
Who did what in the game
- Cousins – 26th double-double game 26 points, 13 rebounds five assists
- Darren Collison – 26 points, 4-for-6 3’s, five assists, three steals
- Ty Lawson – 16 points, 8-of-8 from free throw line, six assists,two 3’s
- Arron Afflalo – 15 points, 6-for-9 field goals, three 3-pointers
- Team 49.3 FG%, 50% 3-pointers, 77.8 Free Throw %
- The stat they would change 19 turnovers that resulted in 25 Pacer points
- Paul George – game-high 33 points, 16-for-17 at the free throw line
- CJ Miles – 18 points, 6-for-9 from 3-point land, all attempts were 3’s
- Jeff Teague – 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, 5-for-11 shooting
- Team – 48.7 FG%, 35.7% 3-point shooting, 87.9 Free Throw%
Up next on the schedule
For the Kings, the incredible four games in five days schedule continues. They are off to Charlotte for the back end of a back-to-back road set. Charlotte is in seventh-place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-24.
Indiana will return to action on Sunday when they will host the Houston Rockets.