The frustrating loss left the Pacers with a 2-2 record on their road trip as they head back to the FIeldhouse shaking their heads after letting a good road win slip away late.
From the start, energy and effort were not an issue for the Pacers. At various points in the game, a number of players had strong stretches which shows up when you see six players in double figures.
Bojan Bogdanovic lead the Pacers with 27 points, but one more bucket could have given the Pacers the win. On their final possession, Bogey did a great job over clearing space to give himself an open mid-range jumper on the baseline. The ball dipped below the rim but bounced out. The rebound ended up in a jump ball and the Pacers didn’t have another shot.
Along with the drought over the last five minutes, turnovers destroyed the Pacers throughout the game. They often had a two, four, even six-point lead, looking to extend, but a turnover turned into points for the Kings to stay in touch. Actually, those turnovers gave the Kings the lead late. In all, the Pacers finished with 25 turnovers which turned into 26 points for the Kings.
That’s how the game ended up having 25 lead changes, the last one in favor of the Kings.
A few observations:
- Bogdanovic was also the leading scorer for the Kings. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 20 points and 6 assists, playing starters minutes off the bench. Along with De’Aaron Fox, the Kings guards were attacking the paint and trying to set up bigs with shots at the rim or kick outs.
- Myles Turner brought the energy early with six rebounds and a couple of blocks in the first quarter. He finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.
- Darren Collison was dealing most of the game, finishing with 12 assists, but had a couple of critical turnovers (6 for the game) over the last few possessions which lead to Kings points at the other end.
- Domas Sabonis played through a sore back and at times looked like it. Sabonis lacked much lift and ended up with as many turnovers (7) as rebounds.
- Doug McDermott sniped a couple of threes and a couple of sweet finishes at the rim to finish with 14 points. McBuckets averaged 16.5 points per game on the roadie.
- Tyreke Evans had a couple of head-scratching turnovers, but was one of those six players in double figures with 12 points. The Pacers are now 8-4 when ‘Reke scores in double figures. It appears, 13 is the magic threshold since the Pacers are 7-0 when he scores 13 or more.
- Simply going to be a killer loss to look back on later in the season while perusing the standings. Now the Pacers return home to play the Bulls on Tuesday, then have two more days off before playing at Orlando. That should give the Pacers a couple of solid practice days. Who know, maybe Victor Oladipo will improve his indefinite status by Friday. Let’s hope!