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.
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