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Pacers final score: Kings hold off Pacers 108-97

DeMarcus Cousins exploded for 48 points to lead Sacramento past Indiana. Paul George led Indiana with 34.

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

A slow start for the Indiana Pacers once again put them in an inescapable hole, putting them into the loss column for the second straight game without holding a lead. DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings scorched the Pacers to open the game at 22-8, and though Indiana made pushes in the second and third quarters, they could never overcome the deficit.

There were some positive individual performances for the Pacers, but none of that mattered in the face of the complete dominance of Cousins. Cousins killed the Pacers all 48 minutes, scoring 48 points on 17-29 shooting with 13 ebounds. Cousins wasn't shy in spreading the wealth, taking it to all of Indiana's bigs. It wasn't until the final three minutes of the game that Sacramento even picked up a second double figure scorer, with Darren Collison sinking the dagger with back-to-back layups, scoring 11 as Rajon Rondo picked up a late 11-10-10 triple double.

Those bigs did play well for Indiana, though there was no answer for Cousins defensively. Jordan Hill had 17 points and 13 rebounds with Lavoy Allen pitching in a near-double double nine points and nine rebounds. Myles Turner got plenty of burn with 30 minutes, scoring 11 points with six rebounds and five blocks giving him something for his relatively poor shooting night at 5-13. Cousins killing Turner in particular will hopefully provide a good learning experience for the rookie.

Indiana was led by Paul George, who had 34 on the night, keeping Indiana in the game late in the fourth quarter. Monta Ellis carrying the load for stretches as part of his 16 points and seven assists. C.J. Miles had the worst game of his Pacers career, not only blanking from the field on 0-8 shooting, but struggled to even control the ball. George Hill wasn't on point in his return, scoring eight on 2-7 shooting.

The Pacers continue to lose a lot of games, losing their second in a row and sixth straight against a team tthat doesn't play home games in Phoenix, Arizona. Their back-to-back woes continue as well, dropping their fifth straight back-to-back. All of this means Indiana is 23-21 and as part of a four way tie for 5th int he East. The Pacers will look to find some good vibes by playing at home, starting a four game homestand against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.