Jan 24, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) dunks the ball against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Do Enough To Beat Sacramento

Indiana Pacers (34-8) 116

Sacramento Kings (15-27) 111

Jan 24, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson(1) scores in front of Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson (34) in the second half at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

I was trying to think of the best way to describe last night’s game, and it comes down to the fact that the Indiana Pacers did just enough to get the win. It wasn’t pretty and it took an overtime session, but like they say, the win is a win.

This road trip overall has been interesting due to the fact that I believed it was going to be a much easier time than the Pacers are proving. The Golden State game was a good win for the Pacers. But then, they followed up with that bad loss to Phoenix. Last night’s game almost went that same direction as the defense of the Pacers seems to be missing.

The second half was the usual stuff for the Pacers, but it took the Paul George four point play to get that game into overtime, where the Pacers outscored the Kings 13-8.

Paul George was fantastic with his 36 points in the game, and of course that effort to get this game into overtime.

Just add that to the what is becoming quite the legacy of Paul George. An All Star starting appearance this season and now you have this clutch play, which is something people want to see from their superstar player. It doesn’t get any more clutch than putting a team on your back and getting that kind of play.

The Kings had their own clutch performances by Isiah Thomas going for 38 points and Marcus Thorton going for 42 points. That’s where the defense of the Pacers needed to step up and say you’re not getting that many points. But then again, the Kings were missing Rudy Gay and Demarcus Cousins, so you knew someone would have to step up. If it took two guys to take out this Pacers team, then so be it.

In the end, the Pacers get the W, and now head off for what I feel like will be a tough one in Denver. But maybe that victory will get the team focused to finish these last two games of the road trip strong. I’ve said before, 3-2, is the mark that I would set, and even decided to up it to 4-1. Well, there’s already been one loss, time to take care of the Nuggets and Lakers to pick up the next two wins.

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