After dropping 140 points on the Charlotte Hornets less than 48 hours earlier, the Sacramento Kings completely lost their mojo Sunday afternoon as they fell to a gritty Indiana pacers squad 91-94 at Golden 1 Center. The frustrating defeat moved Sacramento back to the .500 mark at 5-5 for the season.
The Kings shot just 36.9 percent from the field, but the more telling stat was the rebounding numbers, as the Pacers grabbed 54 boards to just 33 for Sac. Indiana’s giant front-line of Domantas Sabonis and Miles Turner combined for 26 of those boards.
Indiana was just the more physical team this afternoon, and they bullied Sacramento for 48 minutes.
Sacramento did have multiple chances at the end of the game to either tie or win the contest. With 1:28 remaining, Tyrese Haliburton buried a three-pointer to bring the Kings within 91-93. But missed opportunities by the Kings on their final four possessions sealed their fate.
Davion Mitchell misses 8-foot two point shot
De'Aaron Fox misses 18-foot pullup jump shot
Tyrese Haliburton misses 31-foot three pointer
De'Aaron Fox bad pass (Torrey Craig steals)
End of game
Sacramento won’t have much time to worry about this loss as the defending 2020-21 Western Conference champs Phoenix Suns visit the Golden 1 Center Monday night with the hopes of avenging their 110-107 loss on their home court when Harrison Barnes burned them at the buzzer.