DeMarcus Cousins, the reigning player of the week in the Western Conference, had 31 points and 13 rebounds, but the rest of the Sacramento Kings managed to shoot just 27-for-71 from the floor en route to a 116-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Tuesday night.
Indiana (30-7) secured the Eastern Conference’s All-Star coaching job for Frank Vogel with the victory, while stopping Sacramento from its first four-game winning streak since 2007.
The loss was the first game of a six-game road trip for Sacramento and featured Cousins continuing to play at an All-Star level, but getting little help.
Paul George scored 31 points to lead the Pacers, who shot 54.9 percent from the floor (45-for-82) and dominated on the fast-break, converting 11-of-13 for 25 points on the break.
The Pacers opened a 59-45 halftime lead and then put the game away in the fourth period, holding Sacramento to just 8-of-25 in the final quarter and leading by as much as 29 points. George scored 10 points in just five minutes of action in the fourth quarter.
Rudy Gay had 12 points and three steals for the Kings and Cousins tried to will Sacramento back into the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the third quarter alone, but George hit a running 3-pointer to end the third quarter, giving Indiana an 86-74 lead heading into the fourth. George’s shot also keyed a 20-4 Pacer run that effectively ended things.
David West scored 16 points and had eight rebounds for Indiana, Lance Stephenson scored 13 points to go with five assists and Roy Hibbert and C.J. Watson each scored 10 points, with Hibbert also recording a couple of blocks.
Sacramento was 39-for-92 (42.4 percent) overall, 4-for-13 (30.8 percent) from 3-point range and 10-for-17 (58.8 percent) from the free-throw line. Indiana was 45-for-82 (54.9 percent), 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) and 20-for-25 (80 percent).
The Pacers won the boards 46-40, while the Kings outscored Indiana in the paints 56-50 and on second-chance points, 22-16. Indiana exploited 15 Sacramento turnovers for 22 points, however, while the Kings scored just 14 on 14 Indiana miscues.
The Kings continue their road trip Wednesday night when the visit the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. Tipoff from the Target Center is set for 5 p.m. Pacific.
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