The Kings snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday, defeating the Pacers 102-101 in overtime.
It was Sacramento’s fourth straight game without DeMarcus Cousins, who was out with a viral infection. The win did not come easy.
Carl Landry’s put back on a Rudy Gay miss with .8 seconds left in overtime gave the Kings a 102-101 lead that Sacramento maintained after a David West miss at the buzzer.
Rudy Gay and Darren Collison scored back-to-back baskets to start the run in overtime, which gave the Kings a 100-96 lead.
However, C.J. Watson scored five straight points to give the Pacers a 102-101 lead with 1:01 remaining.
Both teams traded possessions, setting up the opportunistic Landry to win it for Sacramento.
The Kings' first quarter was solid defensively, holding the Pacers to 35 percent shooting from the floor and 20 points. All the while, Gay’s 11 points propelled Sacramento to a 14-point lead at the end of the first twelve minutes.
Indiana responded in the second stanza by going on a 20-8 run, which cut the Sacramento lead to 42-40 with 4:56 to go before the half. Damjan Rudez and Luis Scola went for eight and six points in the comeback, providing a spark off the bench.
The Kings held tough, though, extending their lead back to 11 points over the remainder of the period and headed to the locker room leading 56-45.
Sacramento then matched its largest lead to that point at 15.
That originally occurred in the first quarter on a Ben McLemore 3-pointer with 9:09 remaining in the third quarter, pushing their lead to 65-51.
The Pacers bounced back, outscoring the Kings 21-15 over the remainder of the third period and headed to the final 12 minutes with Sacramento holding an eight-point lead.
The Kings' largest lead of the night was 17 points at the 5:03 mark of the third quarter. They entered the fourth quarter with an eight-point lead but the Pacers tied it on a West jumper with 28.1 seconds left.
Rudy Gay’s contested jumper fell short with 4.9 seconds left gave Indiana a chance to win it.
Gay scored 27 points, marking his eleventh 20-point game of the season and his fourth straight to lead the Kings. Collison contributed 20 along with 14 from Landry and 12 from McLemore.
For the Kings, they are now 1-14 in the last two seasons without Cousins on the floor.
The Pacers were led by 16 points from West and have now lost four straight.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Rudy Gay stepped up big time, posting 27 points as Sacramento was operating without its other pillar on the roster in DeMarcus Cousins.
TURNING POINT: The Kings came out strong, shooting 65 percent from the floor while playing tough defense. They were able to ascend to a 34-20 lead at the end of the first quarter.
INJURY UPDATE: Kings – C DeMarcus Cousins (viral infection) was out. Pacers – C Ian Mahinmi exited the game with a sore left foot in the first half after playing 12 minutes and did not return. G George Hill (left knee contusion) and F Paul George (fractured right tibia/fibula) were out.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Kings host Orlando on Saturday in the fourth game of a Sacramento five game home stand.