The Kings snapped an eight-game losing streak - their longest of the season - on Saturday, defeating the Pacers 99-94 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Sacramento’s 12-point advantage entering the fourth quarter was whittled down to three points, 97-94 on a George Hill 3-pointer with six seconds remaining in the game.
However, Rudy Gay made two free throws with five seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Kings.
The Kings finished the game without DeMarcus Cousins who fouled out with 1:46 remaining and his team up by eight points. Before departing, Cousins scored 20 points and collected 14 rebounds - his 28th double double of the season.
The Kings jumped on the Pacers early, leading by as many as 18 points, 30-18 on a Gay jumper at the 1:53 mark and ended the first quarter with a 34-21 lead.
Sacramento extended its lead to 23 points on two Cousins free throws 55-32 with 5:50 remaining before intermission. The Pacers responded going on a 12-2 run, cutting the Kings lead to 57-44 on a George Hill dunk with 3:29 remaining.
However, the Kings maintained the lead at 64-50 at the half behind 47 combined points from the big three of Gay (18), Darren Collison (17) and Cousins (12).
The Kings extended their cushion to 20 points, 79-59 on two Gay free throws at the 2:52 mark but Indiana responded with a 8-0 run over the remainder of the third quarter with Sacramento leading 79-67.
Sacramento (17-29) improves to 7-14 on the road and the Kings won the first road game hosted by an Eastern Conference foe.
Indiana (17-32) had won two of their last three games before meeting Sacramento on Saturday. The Kings have now swept the season series 2-0 over the Pacers after a 102-101 overtime victory against the Pacers on Dec. 5 in Sacramento.
Sacramento’s last win occurred on Jan. 11, a 103-84 over the Cavaliers at Sleep Train Arena.
The Kings improve to 9-8 in back-to-back games and 4-4 in the second game of back-to-back scenarios after falling in Cleveland on Friday.
Rudy Gay led the Kings with 31 points while Collison added 23 points in the win.
The Pacers were led by David West and C.J. Miles who scored 17 points apiece while George Hill (14), Luis Scola (13) and Roy Hibbert (11) rounded out the double figure scoring for Indiana.
Rudy Gay was big for Sacramento, leading all scorers with 31 points..
In the third quarter, the Kings extended their cushion to 20 points, 79-59 and withstood the Pacers fourth quarter run.
Kings: C DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle sprain) and F Carl Landry (right wrist sprain) were probable and played while F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) was out.
Pacers -- F Luis Scola (rest) was doubtful and played while F/C Lavoy Allen (right knee soreness) was questionable and did not play. G/F Paul George (right leg fracture) was out.
The Kings return home to entertain the Warriors on Tuesday.