The Indiana Pacers were able to hold off the Sacramento Kings for their second win of the season, a thrilling 106-98 win in two overtimes.
Behind a balanced scoring effort in which six players scored in double figures, the Pacers were able to make up for the lack of production without injured star forward Danny Granger. George Hill had 18 points, and David West added 18 points and 18 rebounds for Indiana.
The Kings were able to make it interesting behind reserve guard Marcus Thornton, who hit two game-tying three-pointers at the end of regulation and the first overtime. Thornton finished the game with a game-high 26 points for the Kings, while DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Sacramento starts the season 0-3, while Indiana moves to 2-1 on the season. Indiana used a 38-point second quarter to grab an early lead, but 24 turnovers helped Sacramento run this game down to the wire.
Player of the Game: Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Paul George more than picked up the slack for the injured Granger, especially in the rebounding department. The 6'10" guard/forward finished with 17 rebounds to go along with 16 points, two steals and four blocked shots.
He was all over the court, and even with a paltry shooting night (6-of-15, 2-of-7 from three), he was the player Indiana needed him to be. He's one of the most underrated up-and-comers in basketball and proved that once again on Saturday night with a box-stuffing evening.
Up Next for Sacramento
In-state rival Golden State will make the trip to Power Balance Pavilion on Monday night, as the Kings look to grab their first win of the season. They'll have to contend with a very deep Golden State team, that is still looking to ease Andrew Bogut into the fold following his offseason surgery.
Up Next for Indiana
George Hill will return to San Antonio to face the franchise that helped make him a quality young player on Monday when the Pacers travel to Texas to face the Spurs. Hill was part of a draft-night deal in 2011 that netted the Spurs Kawhi Leonard.