Pacers provide treats for the fans, only nutmegs and sadness for the Kings


Indiana Pacers offer no treats at all to Hoosier George Hill or the rest of the Sacramento Kings before running them out of the fieldhouse.

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The Indiana Pacers scored the first 9 points of the game, and never stopped running on their way to rudely removing the Sacramento Kings from town. The blue and gold “settled” for an 11 point lead after the first quarter en route to a commanding 55-30 lead at the half.

The Kings would battle back to hold the Pacers to a meager 14 third quarter points, but were only able to score 18 themselves, and barely recovered to cut the lead to below 20.

Halloween treated the Pacers and fans very well with some delightful passing, shot clock beating 3’s, nutmegs, and #DipoDunks. The Pacers got their opportunity to empty the bench, and Myles Turner is traveling and working out with the team again. That’s about the best Tuesday a Pacers could hope for.

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The Good: The Pacers.

The Bad: The Kings.

MVP: Domantas Sabonis. 12 points, 16 boards, 5 assists (and should’ve had a few more). Sabonis dominated the first half and the game was never really in doubt.

LVP: Darren Collison. Didn’t do much, wasn’t needed at all. Finished with 3 points, 2 assists, and a steal.

X-Factor: Thad Young was everywhere. Steals, 3’s, after every rebound, chasing every tortured Kings player across the floor with disregard for the misery he was inflicting on them.

A. Dunks dunks dunks. 14 points and 4 rebounds, gets a slight demerit for failing to finish what would’ve been a gorgeous assist from Domas.. SG. Indiana Pacers. VICTOR OLADIPO

THADDEUS YOUNG. A+. The Kings will have spooky Halloween themed nightmares about Thad Young appearing everywhere.. PF. Indiana Pacers

6 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists. Good-ish Lance appeared tonight.. SG. Indiana Pacers. LANCE STEPHENSON. A+

BOJAN BOGDANOVIC. A+. 17 points and 4 assists, including a gorgeous nutmeg to Sabonis. Won the battle of the Bogdanovic.. SF. Indiana Pacers

Didn’t do much, wasn’t needed for much. Didn’t do anything bad.. PG. Indiana Pacers. DARREN COLLISON. A+

PF/C. Indiana Pacers. DOMANTAS SABONIS. A+. Sabonis rhymes with MVP. Trust me. 12 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists. Finally missed a single shot in a Pacers win.

SF. Indiana Pacers. DAMIEN WILKINS. A+. Was on an NBA court. Missed a jumper terribly, had 2 assists. Wasn’t the oldest player in attendance.

A+. 13 points, 3-4 from deep. If the 3 point shooting is real, he becomes much more valuable.. PG. Indiana Pacers. CORY JOSEPH

TJ LEAF. A+. 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists. Continued to look like an NBA level offensive player.. PF. Indiana Pacers

AL JEFFERSON. A+. 4 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists. Only 2-8 from the field, but a good game for where not so big Al is at.. C. Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers. ALEX POYTHRESS. A+. 6 points in 2 minutes ain’t bad, right?. SF

Got rotation minutes again. Didn’t look like a rotation player again. Still gets an A tonight.. PG. Indiana Pacers. JOE YOUNG. A