History nearly repeats itself in Pacers narrow victory over Kings

Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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The Good

Defense. It’s been awhile since the Pacers have put together a collective defensive game, but tonight’s game against the Kings was a great improvement in comparison to last night’s collapse against the Lakers. The Kings are #1 in the NBA, average just over 119 points per game, but the Pacers were ready, upset after blowing the lead late yesterday evening. The Kings enjoy playing at a face pace, and the Pacers matched them throughout the game, challenging shots, going after the boards, and getting out in transition on the offensive end.

It was a great team effort against the top scoring Kings. Obviously, guarding an NBA team for 48 minutes is no small task, but the Pacers effort provided enough to propel the team to victory.

Granted, one of Sacramento’s top players, De’Aaron Fox, was inactive for the game, but it was still a great effort for the Pacers on the second night of a back-to-back.