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David West had 31 points and 11 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers edge the Sacramento Kings 97-92 on Friday night.
West was 13 for 20 from the field and 5 for 7 at the line in his season-best scoring performance. He is averaging 23 points over the last five games, four of them Indiana victories.
George Hill had 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Pacers, and reserve Sam Young scored 12.
DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings (4-11), who have dropped two in a row and own the worst record in the Western Conference. Marcus Thornton scored 15 points, and reserves Jimmer Fredette and Francisco Garcia each had 12.
Thornton missed a long 3-pointer that would have tied it with 5 seconds left. Hill secured the rebound and was fouled. He made both free throws with 2.9 seconds left, giving Indiana a 97-92 lead.
Sacramento used Thornton's two free throws to pull within two with 11.5 seconds left. After a timeout, Hill was fouled on the inbounds play and made one of two foul shots for a 95-92 lead.
The Kings played without Tyreke Evans, their leading scorer over the past five games. Evans, who leads the team in assists and is the second-leading scorer, missed his first game of the season due to a bruised left knee.
Cousins tried to rally Sacramento to a victory. He hit four straight free throws and John Salmons added two more, trimming Indiana's lead to 88-84 with 3:04 left.
The Pacers responded with six straight points. West scored, Young made a corner jumper, and West followed with a 15-footer to make it 94-88 with 56 seconds remaining.
West scored 15 in the first half to help Indiana take a narrow 43-40 lead into the break. Using a variety of moves in the paint, he added 10 more points and five rebounds in the third quarter.
The Kings used consecutive 3s from Thornton and Brooks, followed by a Cousins basket, to grab a 61-58 lead midway through the period. Following a timeout, West had a three-point play and DJ Augustine made a corner 3 to give the Pacers a 64-61 advantage.
Indiana led by five after three, and Hill and Young connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the advantage to 80-71 at the 8:29 mark in the fourth.
NOTES: The Kings missed 14 of their first 17 shots. Fredette came in and scored six points in the final 36 seconds to get the Kings within three at 20-17 heading into the second quarter. . Receiving some rare playing time, Garcia made his first two shots and scored nine points in the second quarter. He entered the game shooting 23 percent (4 of 17). . Roy Hibbert played strong defense on Cousins in the opening half. The Kings center missed 7 of 10 shots, many of them on contested drives to the basket. Cousins was 5 for 17 for the game.
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