Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/1/12
SACRAMENTO -- Indiana's David West scored a season-high 31 points and, combined with a solid defensive effort, helped to give the Pacers a 97-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings before an announced crowd of 12,544 at Sleep Train Arena on Friday night. As has been their custom this season, the Kings fell behind early and spent the better part of the game attempting to rally. West helped that by showing why he is regarded as one of the game's better clutch front-court scorers. West's assortment of mid-range fadeaway jumpers was more than the Kings could handle. With Indiana leading, 95-92, the Kings had a chance to tie, but Marcus Thornton missed a 25-foot, three-point attempt with five seconds left. George Hill made two free-throws with 2.9 seconds to ice the game. Hill scored 25 points and had eight assists to support West's performance. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings (4-11) with 19 points and 16 rebounds. The Pacers held a 43-40 halftime lead as West carried them offensively with 15 points, nine in the second quarter. The Kings grabbed their first lead of the second quarter at 32-31 on an uncontested lay-in by little-used veteran Francisco Garcia with 4:57 left in the period. But the Kings could not get control of the contest and Hill tossed in a 23-foot bank shot at the buzzer for the lead. Garcia and Cousins each scored nine points in the first half. Indiana's superb defense limited the Kings to seven points during the game's first nine minutes. Not only was it difficult to score, Sacramento rarely mustered a quality shot attempt. The Pacers weren't scoring at a high rate, either, but held an 18-7 lead with three minutes left in the first. Kings guard Jimmer Fredette came off the bench to score six points and assist on another basket to get Sacramento within 20-17. Both teams shot 7-of-21 (33 percent) in the first quarter. NOTES: The Kings have been successful in two critical statistics, but don't have much to show. They rank second in the league in points in the paint (47.1 per game). Also, they have made fewer turnovers than their opponents in nine of their past 10 games entering Friday night. The Kings were 3-7 in those games. ... The Pacers entered the game allowing a league-low 91.2 points per game. ... Kings swingman Tyreke Evans missed his first game of the season with a sore left knee.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Kevin Durant has...RUSSELL MANIA!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lochte to be summoned to appear in Rio, charged with making false report

Carlos Ruiz traded to Dodgers

Ezekiel Elliott reportedly arrived at training camp overweight

Olympian auctions off medal to help young cancer patient

Report: Dodgers have turned down lowball offers for Puig

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jason Pierre-Paul’s lawsuit against Adam Schefter, ESPN will proceed

The Rock, Vin Diesel to settle 'rivalry' at WrestleMania 33?

Report: Browns trade former No. 6 overall pick Mingo to Pats

Harden organizing players-only minicamp with Rockets

Raiders file trademark applications for ‘Las Vegas Raiders’

U.S. Soccer hands Solo six month suspension for Olympic comments

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

The 20 best boxing movies ever

Will Perriman help Ravens find elusive WR success?

Jay Bouwmeester’s selection to Team Canada’s World Cup roster is a head-scratcher

Five MLB players with a lot to lose down the stretch

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Bruce Arians on sideline video use: 'It helps bad coaches'

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron's 'Cleveland Hustles'

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

Can Perriman's return help Ravens find oft-elusive WR success?

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron James' 'Cleveland Hustles'

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker