Artest was playing in Indianapolis for the first time since his trade request was granted and he was sent to the Kings for Peja Stojakovic seven weeks ago. Artest scored 18 points, but shot 6-for-22 from the field, including 2-for-14 in the second half.
He was booed during pregame introductions and that continued every time he touched the ball.
The fans reserved their loudest pregame cheers for Stojakovic, who scored 20 points to help the Pacers snap the Kings’ five-game winning streak.
Sacramento led 52-41 at halftime, but the Pacers made 10 of their first 12 shots in the second half and took their first lead on Granger’s jumper with 3:38 left in the third quarter that made the score 68-66.
Artest shot 1-for-7 in the third quarter, but Kevin Martin scored 10 points to help the Kings take a 76-75 lead at the end of the period.
The Pacers took the lead for good on Granger’s jumper with 4:28 left. Tinsley scored six points in the last 3:35 to help the Pacers stay in control.
The Kings made their first six shots to take a 13-4 lead and force an Indiana timeout. They made two more before their first miss with 6:46 left in the first quarter.
Artest scored his first basket with 7:42 left in the first quarter and drained a 3-pointer a minute later.
Sacramento shot 70 percent in the first quarter and led 36-20 at the end of the period.
The Kings’ shooting touch disappeared in the second quarter and allowed the Pacers to climb back into the game.
Bonzi Wells was called for a flagrant penalty 1 when he pulled Granger’s jersey while Granger went in for a dunk late in the second quarter. Granger laid on the ground for a while before making two free throws, then scoring on a mid-range jumper over Artest on the ensuing possession to cut Sacramento’s lead to 45-41 with 2:09 left in the half.
Artest scored on a layup with 4.7 seconds left in the half to give the Kings a 52-41 lead at the break.
Indiana point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius has played just two seconds the last three games with Tinsley back from an elbow injury. Jasikevicius played well enough this season to make the rookie challenge. … Stojakovic averaged 16.5 in 31 games with Sacramento, but entered the game against his former team averaging 20.2 points for the Pacers.