INDIANAPOLIS -- Guard Paul George made 17-foot jumper in front of the Sacramento bench with 32 seconds remaining to seal the Indiana Pacers' 106-98 double-overtime victory Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Forward David West and guard George Hill led the Pacers with 18 points each. West also had 18 rebounds.
Sacramento's Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 26 points.
The Pacers outscored the Kings 10-2 in the second overtime.
"This was a very tough gut-out game," West said. "I wasn't making shots, my teammates weren't making shots, but we were able to keep pushing and get the win in a very nasty game. These are the types of games that you have to win in the NBA if you want to be successful."
The Kings tied the score 91-91 in the first overtime when Thornton made a 3-pointer with 48.6 seconds left.
"We were trying to help a little too much and got burned on the plays," George said. "I think it was a game we can learn from. We learn from this, how to stay together and stay composed."
After both teams each had a turn to take the lead, the Pacers had one final opportunity in the first overtime.
The play didn't go as planned. West was forced to take a contested 3-pointer as time expired.
The Pacers went up three on a Lance Stephenson 3-pointer in the corner on an assist from Hill.
But the Kings came back and tied the score again on a Thornton 3-pointer with 26.4 seconds remaining.
The Pacers again had the final shot, but Hill badly missed a baseline jumper and Roy Hibbert couldn't make the follow.
"We have an end-of-game package," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "It comes down to how much time we have and who we want to put the ball in their hands."
The Pacers looked like they were ready to blow the game open when they carried their momentum from a strong second quarter into the third quarter.
They maintained their double-digit lead most of the quarter until Vogel went to his bench.
The bench got the Pacers back in the game in the second quarter, but they struggled in the third.
Sacramento made it a five-point game in the final seconds of the third quarter, but George hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to sent them into the final quarter with a 74-66 lead.
Sacramento closed to three points of the Pacers several times in the final quarter before Chuck Hayes' 11-foot jumper got them to 89-88 with 1:07 left. West countered Hayes' basket with a layup of his own to put Indy back up three with 55.4 seconds left.
The Pacers came out with the type of energy expected in a sold-out home opener. They jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead on a Hibbert less than five minutes into the game.
But the Kings, who were playing their third straight game against a team playing its home opener, didn't buckle under the excitement.
The Kings were able to chip away at the Pacers' lead because they simply out worked them.
Sacramento grabbed 17 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end, to outscore the Pacers 17-6 the rest of the first quarter.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, a future All-Star, had nine points and six rebounds in the first quarter. He finished 21 points and 13 rebounds.
"It was a great effort out, with the double overtime and both teams playing a back to back," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "I thought they completed at a really high level and we just didn't pull it out."
Stephenson, who has shown signs of his potential in the past, woke his team up in the second quarter. He came off the bench to score five points. The Pacers finally took the lead back on a George Hill jump shot with a little less than five minutes left in the first half. That was the start of a 20-6 run to close out the first half for the Pacers. They went into the half with a 56-42 lead.
Notes: Vogel said they're still awaiting word on what the next step will be for injured forward Danny Granger. Granger is out indefinitely with a left knee problem. ... The Pacers entered Saturday averaging 19 turnovers a game. They finished tied for fourth in the league in that category last season with only 14 a game. THey would like to average around 12 games this season. ... Getting to the free throw line has been a tough task for the Kings. Their first two opponents - Chicago and Minnesota - attempted 44 more free throws than them.