pacers_kings_score_WPPaul George scored 31 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 116-92 drubbing of the Sacramento Kings from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

David West finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Lance Stephenson scored 13 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists in the win.

“I just think it was staying with it,” said George, who emerged from a seven-game slump in which he shot 35 percent from the field. “I’ve been staying in the gym and getting up shots. Once I got a couple going, I started to feel the rhythm that I’ve been feeling all year. It was good to see a couple of them fall tonight. The past week I’ve been shooting the ball well in practice. It’s feeling back like it’s been feeling all year long. The rest also was very huge in me shooting well tonight. It was good to get some rest.

Roy Hibbert and C.J. Watson each added 10 points for Indiana, which has won five of six overall and seven of the last 10 meetings over Sacramento.

DeMarcus Cousins recorded his 11th straight double-double with 31 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Rudy Gay added 12 points in the loss.

“It was a complete game for our guys,” said Indiana’s Frank Vogel, who secured the Eastern Conference All-Star head coaching job with the victory. “They (the Kings) got going in the third quarter – DeMarcus Cousins was spectacular and so was Paul George – then our bench came in and busted the game open.”

Indiana opened up an 11-2 lead in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the game when Sacramento went on an 8-0 run capped by a jumper from Gay.

The Pacers answered with a quick 8-2 sprint and led 25-20 at the end of one quarter.

Jimmer Fredette knocked down a 3 to tie the game at 27 early in the second frame and then hit a running floater 1 1/2 minutes later to give Sacramento its first lead, 31-29.

Danny Granger then hit a trey to jumpstart a 10-2 spurt that Luis Scola capped it with a jumper for a 39-33 Indiana lead.

Cousins hit a pair at the line to cut the deficit to five and the Pacers locked in on the defensive end for the remainder of the half. Indiana followed with a 14-2 run, highlighted by a reverse slam from George and he would cap the surge with a 3 to give the Pacers a 55-38 lead with just under three minutes left in the half.

Stephenson drove the lane and threw a no-look pass to West inside, who finished a layup to conclude the first half scoring and help the Pacers to a 59-45 lead at the break.

Indiana led comfortably for the majority of the third quarter until Cousins went on an 8-2 run all by himself to cut the deficit to 79-71 with 1 1/2 minutes to go in the third.

West responded with two straight buckets and George ended the quarter after a Thornton trey with a buzzer-beating 3 to make it an 86-72 game heading into the fourth.

Indiana put the game away with a 17-4 surge to open the final quarter. George had 10 points during the sequence to help the Pacers build a 103-78 lead.

The margin swelled to as many as 29 before the starters were replaced and the reserves finished it off for Indiana.

Notes: Indiana improved to 5-0 against Western Conference opponents at home … The Kings haven’t won four in a row since March 23-29, 2011 … Indiana shot 54.9 percent from the field … The Pacers outrebounded the Kings 46-40 … Scola and Granger each added nine points in the win.

- The Sports Network

Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Sacramento 20 25 29 18 92
Indiana 25 34 27 30 116
Officials:  Sean Corbin, David Guthrie, Kevin Scott Attendance:  17530
Time Of Game: 2:12
Stats: Final
Sacramento MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
R.Gay 29:34 6 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 2 0 12
J.Thompson 19:08 0 4 0 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 1
D.Cousins 30:02 12 21 0 0 7 7 6 7 13 2 3 2 4 1 31
M.Thornton 27:50 3 7 1 2 0 0 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 7
I.Thomas 27:11 3 9 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 1 3 0 7
Q.Acy 23:22 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 1 1 0 2 1 6
J.Fredette 20:49 4 10 1 3 0 0 0 4 4 4 0 1 1 0 9
D.Williams 25:13 4 11 0 2 1 4 4 2 6 2 2 0 1 1 9
B.McLemore 18:51 3 9 1 2 0 0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 7
A.Gray 10:24 1 2 0 0 1 4 0 3 3 0 3 1 1 0 3
T.Outlaw 7:36 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0
C.Landry DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 39 92 4 13 10 17 15 25 40 13 21 8 15 5 92
PERCENTAGES FG: 42.4% 3PT: 30.8% FT: 58.8% TEAM REB: 10 TOTAL TO: 15
Indiana MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
P.George 34:11 10 18 4 7 7 8 0 3 3 2 2 1 5 0 31
D.West 27:36 7 11 0 0 2 2 2 6 8 3 1 1 3 0 16
R.Hibbert 27:56 4 8 0 0 2 3 1 3 4 2 3 1 1 2 10
L.Stephenson 29:54 5 7 0 1 3 4 1 4 5 5 0 1 2 0 13
G.Hill 26:43 4 9 1 2 0 0 4 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 9
D.Granger 21:21 3 8 1 4 2 2 0 3 3 2 3 0 0 1 9
L.Scola 15:33 4 6 0 0 1 2 2 5 7 2 2 0 0 0 9
C.Watson 16:26 5 6 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 3 0 1 0 0 10
I.Mahinmi 20:04 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 3 4 1 4 2 2 1 2
R.Butler 6:42 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
C.Copeland 4:51 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 4
D.Sloan 4:51 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
O.Johnson 3:52 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
TEAM TOTALS 240 45 82 6 16 20 25 11 35 46 24 17 7 13 5 116
PERCENTAGES FG: 54.9% 3PT: 37.5% FT: 80% TEAM REB: 6 TOTAL TO: 14
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Sacramento 14
Indiana 22
TECHNICALS: Sacramento 0, Indiana 0

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