The Sacramento Kings lost a close game tonight, as they fell to the Indiana Pacers 97-92. The Kings were unable to contain Indiana starters David West and George Hill. West seemed to hit a shot every time the Pacers needed one, scoring 31 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. George Hill scored 25 points on 9-14 shooting, while going 4-6 from beyond the three point arc and handing out eight assists. Paul George, however, was held to only four points, with nine assists and two steals.
The Kings were without Tyreke Evans tonight, as he was a late scratch due to a bruised left knee. The Kings never managed to find consistent scoring from there starters. While Demarcus Cousins had 19 points and 16 rebounds, he went 5-17 from the field. Cousins and Thronton shot a combined 10 -26 from the field, and didn’t see much help from the rest of the team.
Jimmer Fredette continued to show his improvement, going 5-10 from the field for 12 points, and dished out three assists in 17 minutes. Francisco Garcia helped keep the Kings close, going 5-7 from the field for 12 points. Tonight was only Garcia’s second game during the month of November.
The Kings managed to play tight defense, but were unable to stop West, as he made several amazing shots throughout the course of the game, and seemed to make every contested shot he took in the fourth quarter.
The Sacramento Kings will fly to Los Angeles tonight as they prepare to take on the Clippers tomorrow night at the Staples Center.
The Kings may be without Evans for their second straight game, and must prepare to play better basketball against a talented, high flying Clippers team. The Kings are still in search for consistency in a season that has already been plagued by poor ball movement and a lack of team chemistry.
Can they turn things around tomorrow against the Clippers?