Regardless of lacking three of their greatest gamers, the Sacramento Kings proceed to play a few of their greatest basketball through the stretch drive of the season.
Marvin Bagley III had 31 factors and 12 rebounds, whereas Delon Wright chipped in with 21 factors and 6 steals to guide the Kings to a 104-93 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Head coach Luke Walton deserves a ton of credit score for holding his gamers centered regardless of lacking so many gifted items. Sacramento has been with out De’Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes and rookie Tyrese Haliburton in current video games, however the crew has received 4 contests in a row to maintain its slim play-in hopes alive.
The Kings protection gave the short-handed Pacers suits all recreation. Sacramento held Indiana to 43.4 % capturing from the sphere (9-of-25 from the 3-point line) and compelled 22 turnovers. The Kings piled up 25 factors off these turnovers and outscored the Pacers 62-46 within the paint.
Each groups acquired off to a sluggish begin on the offensive finish. The Pacers held a 12-6 lead 4 minutes into the primary quarter, which is when Bagley started to take over and introduced the Kings again into it.
Bagley scored 14 factors within the first and helped Sacramento to a 30-26 lead after one.
The Kings continued to ramp up their aggressiveness within the second. After getting some relaxation, Bagley acquired again into the sport and picked up the place they left off. He had 24 factors (on 12-of-17 capturing), and eight rebounds within the first half as Sacramento started to tug away late within the second.
The Kings outscored Indiana 44-28 within the paint over the opening 24 minutes and held a 56-47 lead on the break.
Sacramento got here out of the locker room and dominated from the start of the third. Buddy Hield and Richaun Holmes mixed for 14 factors within the opening seven minutes and helped stretch the result in 76-56. The Kings did an amazing job defensively within the third, holding the shorthanded Pacers to only 21 factors within the interval and took a 17-point lead into the fourth.
With the San Antonio Spurs getting blown out by the Utah Jazz, Sacramento could be solely 2.5 video games out of the tenth seed within the Western Convention. The Kings host the Spurs on Friday earlier than enjoying back-to-back video games towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.