The Kings lost a tough game in Indiana tonight. Demarcus Cousins responded to the early criticism and played smart defense and competitive offense. He and Marcus Thornton lead the team in scoring; with Cousins scoring 21 and Thornton 26.
Three Pacers recorded double doubles tonight. Both Paul George and David West had tremendous nights; with George scoring 16 points and grabbing 17 rebounds and West Scoring 18 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. Hibbert had a quiet double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Both the Pacers and the Kings showed moments of running a patient intelligent offense this evening, but both teams failed to shoot over 40 percent for the third game respectively.
In three straight games the Kings have failed to play competitive basketball on both ends of the floor. While the Kings played tough defense and stayed right with a very competitive Pacers team, they failed to play the whole game. They had another offensive let down in the second quarter; something that is quickly becoming a disturbing trend for this young Kings team.
The Kings seemed to be the aggressor on the road in Indianapolis after the first quarter tonight after leading by six going into the second quarter. They failed to contain the Pacers in a second quarter that ended with Kings trailing by fourteen going into the second half.
The Kings played tremendous defense in the third and fourth quarter allowing them to tie the game and force overtime. Both teams played tentatively on both side of the floor in the first overtime, leading to a second overtime in which Indiana outscored the Kings by five points.
The Kings return home to Sacramento where they play a very talented Golden State Warriors team that has plenty very capable scorers.
However after playing both two of the East Coasts better defensive teams in the Bulls and the Pacers, the Kings still show promise. The Kings had a very efficient night on both ends of the floor, but allowed the Pacers to score almost at will in the second quarter. If the Kings can learn to manage the game, and contain their emotions, they could have a chance to salvage their early season woes.