Paul George finished with 36 points to help the Indiana Pacers nip the Sacramento Kings, 116-111. This is the eighth win for Indiana (34-8) in its last 10 games.
George shot 12-22 (4-10 from three-point range) and 8-8 from the free throw line, in a strong performance. Other key performers for Indiana were Lance Stephenson with 24 points and 10 rebounds, David West with 22 points and 6 rebounds, and George Hill with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Marcus Thornton had a big game for Sacramento in the loss, putting up 42 points on 16-27 shooting, including 7-15 from behind the arc.
The Kings dished out 14 assists versus 18 turnovers, a ratio of just .78. They are 1-7 on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Pacers, on the other hand, are undefeated (15-0) when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
This drops Sacramento (15-27) to 0-2 versus Indiana on the season.
Coming up, the Pacers will square off with the Denver Nuggets (20-21) on Saturday. The Kings also match up with the Nuggets in their next game as well, taking place on Sunday. The Kings are 1-0 versus Denver this season.