• The Sacramento Kings were unable to pull out a second straight win in overtime Friday night, losing 115-111 to the Indiana Pacers.  The Kings made some big shots late, but they were ultimately unable to hold off the Pacers.

    Sacramento outplayed the Indiana in the first half, outscoring the Pacers in both of the first two quarters and leading by nine points heading into the half.  The lead expanded to 16 part way through the third, but a strong run by Indiana brought them right back into the game, eventually forcing overtime.

    Here are some notes from the matchup:

    • Darren Collison had another great game, scoring 26 points on just 17 shots.  With Rudy Gay out for the rest of the season, the Kings will need Collison to step up and take on a larger role in the offense.  He’s responded well to this point, and the team’s play has improved as a result.
    • Ty Lawson contributed plenty to the offense as well, scoring 16 points in just 23 minutes, doing much of his damage from the free throw line.  Lawson’s strong play has given the team great flexibility, and has shown that he can take on a larger load on nights that Collison struggles.  Collison and Lawson both played very well tonight, and their collective performances helped give Sacramento their early lead.
    • Willie Cauley-Stein and Malachi Richardson both saw a decrease in playing time tonight, but that was most likely due to the strong play from some of the team’s veterans.  Sacramento received great performances from players like Kosta Koufos, Arron Afflalo and both of the guards mentioned above, so it would’ve been hard to justify too many minutes for either Richardson or Cauley-Stein.

    The loss gives the Kings a 2-3 record on the road trip, and gives the Pacers a 2-0 advantage in the season series.  Sacramento will now prepare for a game Saturday night in Charlotte when they take on the struggling Hornets in their fourth game of the road trip.

     

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