George Hill scored 18 points including the first four in the second overtime Saturday night, and that was all Indiana's staunch defense needed to close out a 106-98 double overtime victory over Sacramento.
It was downright impressive for a team that has long been known for scoring instead of defense.
But on Saturday night, in their home opener, the Pacers traded jab for jab.
Despite enduring a stretch in which it missed seven consecutive shots in a tie game, Indiana (2-1) never allowed the Kings to take the lead.
In fact, Sacramento managed only three baskets in the final 10:45 and failed to take any lead over the final 35 1/2 minutes of its third consecutive road game.
And it came one night after the Pacers suffered an embarrassing loss in Charlotte.
The hometown fans, who came into this season with high hopes, certainly were not disappointed in Indiana's home opener. The Pacers scrapped and fought, took punches and pushed back in front of a sold-out crowd clad mostly...