Preview: Kings at Pacers
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[January 27, 2017]
The Sacramento Kings are
displaying signs of life during an eight-game road trip and aim to
record their third consecutive victory when they visit the Indiana
Pacers on Friday. Sacramento improved to 2-2 on the excursion with a
stunning 116-112 overtime win over the defending champion Cleveland
Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Kings star DeMarcus Cousins was named to his third straight All-Star
contest Thursday and his career-best 28-point average ranks fifth in
the NBA. Cousins has notched 10 consecutive double-doubles — one
being of the points-assists variety — and has 25 on the season.
Indiana standout Paul George was selected to his fourth All-Star
game and he celebrated with a 32-point outing as the Pacers recorded
a 109-103 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The win
snapped a three-game losing streak that followed a stretch in which
Indiana won seven of eight games.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN California (Sacramento), FSN Indiana
ABOUT THE KINGS (18-27): Swingman Arron Afflalo is seeing his role
increase with small forward Rudy Gay (Achilles' tendon) out for the
season and he produced his top moment of the season when he hit the
tiebreaking 3-pointer with 17.3 seconds left in overtime against
Cleveland. He has primarily been a shooting guard for most of his
NBA career but his teammates and the coaching staff are helping him
get up to speed. "Guys are constantly talking to me, trying to help
me out," Afflalo told reporters. "I'm playing the three so I'm a
little bit out of position and guys are going to be bigger than me
but it's all good. I'm just going to compete."
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ABOUT THE PACERS (23-22): George found special meaning in his latest
All-Star selection because it was the coaches who pick the reserves.
He cited the respect from coaches for why he was so honored by the
choice and then he went out and carried the Pacers to a much-needed
victory. "As Paul goes, it seems like the team goes," Indiana coach
Nate McMillan said afterward. "Not only did he do a solid job on the
defensive end of the floor, I thought offensively he got a good
rhythm and was knocking down some big shots for us."
1. The Pacers defeated the Kings 106-100 on Jan. 18 to halt a
four-game losing streak in the series.
2. Sacramento PG Darren Collison scored 23 points against the
Cavaliers for his fourth 20-point performance this month.
3. Indiana C Myles Turner is averaging 22.5 points on 18-of-26
shooting over the past two games.
PREDICTION: Pacers 112, Kings 107
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