Kings snap losing streak, beat Pacers 99-94

Indiana Pacers forward Solomon Hill, right, drives against Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Sacramento won 99-94. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rudy Gay scored 31, Darren Collison had 23 and the Sacramento Kings snapped their eight-game losing skid in beating the Indiana Pacers 99-94 on Saturday night.

DeMarcus Cousins earned his 28th double-double of the season with 20 points and 19 rebounds. The center fouled out with 1:46 to play and the Kings with a 93-85 lead.

The struggling Kings (17-29) needed their early dominance to fend off the late-charging Pacers.

David West and C.J. Miles each scored 17 points for the Pacers (17-32).

The Kings outscored Indiana 34-21 in the first quarter and continued building the lead into the second. Midway through the period, Cousins made a pair of free throws to give the visitors a 55-32 lead, the largest of the game.

Then Indiana came charging back with some late free throws to cut the lead to 93-89. Then with less than 10 seconds to play, George Hill, who had 14 points, made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 97-94. But Gay sealed the win from the line.

The Kings overcame a poor 1 of 7 shooting to open the first quarter by driving the lane and drawing fouls. They were a perfect 6 of 6 from the line in the opening 12 minutes.

Then the Kings caught fire, finishing the quarter shooting 9-15 to build a 30-12 lead on a jumper from Gay with 1:53 to play.

The Kings were 26 of 29 from the free-throw line for the game. On the season, the Kings entered shooting 78 percent.

Hill came off the bench and scored seven points during a 12-2 run in the second quarter to help the Pacers cut into the 23-point deficit. From the start of the run to the game’s conclusion, the Pacers outscored the Kings 59-42.

TIP-INS

Kings: The starting five from Saturday’s game (Gay, Thompson, Cousins, McLemore, Collison) are now 13-14 overall and were 0-5 during the now shelved eight-game losing streak. Since Tyrone Corbin took over the head coaching duties on Dec. 15, the Kings are 6-16, using seven different lineups.

Pacers: The injury bug strikes again as Vogel said during his pregame interview that Lavoy Allen would miss time due to a right knee strain. He hurt it during the Pacers 103-82 win over the Knicks on Thursday. Vogel also indicated that Saturday’s game would likely be the last minute-restricted game for Hill, who is recovering from a sore left groin.

UP NEXT:

Kings: Host Warriors on Tuesday

Pacers: Host Pistons on Wednesday

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